Representative Helen Giddings Statement on Voter ID Ruling

Giddings_SmallAUSTIN, TX – Rep. Helen Giddings (Dallas) applauded the federal court ruling that declared Texas’ voter ID law intentionally discriminatory and unconstitutional.
“Yesterday, another federal court ruled that our state’s Voter ID law was enacted with the intent of discriminating against minority communities.” Rep. Giddings said. “The Attorney General’s Office should not continue these costly appeals, which continuously showcase the law’s unconstitutionality.”
The stringent Voter ID law passed in 2011 has proven to be an enormous barrier to democracy for Texas’ most vulnerable communities, including college students, the working poor, and the elderly. Some estimates have indicated that up to 700,000 otherwise eligible Texans have lost their right to vote since the law was passed. In fact, the ruling highlighted attempts to mitigate the racial impacts of the law through amendments, which were ultimately rejected. The court stated, “Many categories of acceptable photo IDs permitted by other states were omitted from the Texas bill.”
“Texas should use its resources to guarantee that every citizen is able to exercise their right to vote, especially since many people of color died to obtain it.”
Representative Giddings proudly serves as the Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus for the 85th Legislative Session.