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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE APPLAUDS THE THREE-JUDGE PANEL IN WASHINGTON, DC ON ITS DECISION AGAINST THE TEXAS VOTER ID LAW

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the decision of the three judge panel in Washington, Dc on the Texas Voter ID law:

“An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. While based in terms of voter fraud, these laws will actually have their greatest impact by limiting participation of African Americans, Latinos, Asians and the young. Today a three judge panel in Washington, DC found that the Texas Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the law imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty. The Voting Rights Act is for EVERYONE!!!!

“The right to vote is a critical and sacred constitutionally protected civil right. To challenge this is to erode our democracy, challenge justice, and mock our moral standing. I am pleased that the three judge panel in Washington, DC saw this law as a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and saw it as crippling legislation. We cannot let the rhetoric of an election year destroy a fundamental right upon which we have established liberty and freedom.”

“A long, bitter, and bloody struggle was fought for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 so that all Americans could enjoy the right to vote, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin. Americans died in that fight so that others could achieve what they had been forcefully deprived of for centuries–the ability to walk freely and without fear into the polling place and cast a voting ballot. An election with integrity is one that is open to every eligible voter. Restrictive voter ID requirements degrade the integrity of our elections by systematically excluding large numbers of eligible Americans.”

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Contact:
Michael J. McQuerry
Communications Director
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
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Mike.McQuerry@mail.house.gov

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