Federal judge blocks further implementation of Texas’ voter ID law

by James Barragan
August 24, 2017

A federal judge in Corpus Christi blocked the further implementation of Texas’ controversial voter identification law, after finding  for a second time that it intentionally discriminates against minorities.

In a court order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos blocked Texas from implementing portions of the 2011 voter ID law, which was considered to be one of the strictest in the country. And in a striking blow to the state, she blocked entirely a revamp to the law that the state legislature had passed earlier this year as Senate Bill 5. The legislation was an effort to appease Ramos and do away with the finding of discriminatory intent.

“Even if such a turning back of the clock were possible, the provisions of SB 5 fall short of mitigating the discriminatory provisions of SB 14,” Ramos wrote. The original voter ID bill was passed as Senate Bill 14.

Ramos had previously ruled in 2014 that the law was purposefully discriminatory, but that ruling was appealed to the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court ruled that the law had discriminatory effects, but asked Ramos to reconsider her ruling that it was drawn up with discriminatory intent.

16 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    There is one thing a Federal Judge cannot stop or claim is discriminatory. We can pass a law that requires a voter to show his birth certificate before he can vote. NO birth certificate, no vote

  • Pete Bundy says:

    It seems to me that the judge has said that minorities are to stupid to figure out how to et a legal ID. I am surprised the minorities (legal US citizens) are not up in arms over this slap in the face.

  • dmttbt says:

    If I were a black I would be pissed that the party of my part of the people (the democrat party) thinks that my race is too broke or stupid to get a free ID. The people should show their intelligence and demand that ID be presented to vote.

  • Mike N says:

    Is she saying that minorities are too dumb to figure out how to get a photo ID? It sounds like a racial comment to me.

  • LLuke47 says:

    Voter ID makes it harder for illegals to vote, I guess that’s the discrimination they mean.
    It makes voter fraud more difficult, another reason it discriminate against liberals I guess..
    What liars these judges are and what liars liberals are in general, makes improving our country harder for those who love America..

  • exoticdoc2 says:

    Yet another idiot activist liberal lunatic judge. The only ones the law discriminates against are illegal aliens and any who should not be voting anyway. You can tell the judges motivation by reading her name alone. She’s probably got illegal relatives to protect.

    1. maxx says:

      You can almost bet on it.

  • Larry says:

    This decision is like putting the RAT in the grain house. Where is the real justice in this individual spanish/mexican judge making the decision on this false accusation. I guess you believe there is no bias here.

  • Cuebid6 says:

    It’s liberal progressive democrap discrimination against all voters. That judge should be terminated from employment i.e. impeached!

  • Humble Servant says:

    These crazy politicians have got to go home and leave the business of running a state to more intelligent people. You have to be doing cart wheels and back flips to try and convince the common person that an ID is a difficult thing to acquire for a US citizen. You are only trying to do something illegal if you have to work this hard to convince the public you are helping the poor and ignorant. We have been educated to your tactics so you know look like fools when you keep trying these antics. I sure hope Texas can make an example of Ramos.

    1. Janis says:

      I agree with you entirely. The problem is that as crazy as it sounds when they try to justify why people cannot get ID and how it discriminates against minorities (BTW what an insult to minorities implicating they are too stupid to be able to get an ID), the left is winning.

  • rodstew says:

    I must really be stupid. #1. Requiring a voter ID “suggests” that someone who wants to vote be “registered.” #2. This ahole says that requiring people to register to vote is a direct intention to target minorities. #3. By saying that minorities are targeted, he is saying that they are not already registered and to do so would be an undue burden. so, #4. If they are not ALREADY registered, how does he know they exist? Only moronic liberals try to have it both ways.

    1. maxx says:

      Every governor of a “blue” state plays the same game. It’s been going on for 20 years at least. It’s called COMMUNISM.

  • Jerry says:

    Please explain how requiring an I’d is discrimination? You need an Id to cash their welfare check, to rent a place to live, to rent videos, to drive, to do any aspect of life, yes an I’d is basically free, a short bus ride to the state station and it’s done, they can’t go get an I’d but they can go to the voting station? Seems like bulls hit to me

    1. maxx says:

      It isn’t. What this is, is liberal activist judges playing “fast and loose” with the conservative principles and the Constitution as a “simple delaying tactic”. Texas has a target on it’s back because the democrat communist party is trying to flood the poll lists with illegal liberal voters in an effort to turn it “blue”. Back to the SCOTUS where it will be found completely constitutional but hopefully for the democommies not in time for the 2018 elections since the SCOTUS is full of egomaniacal reprobate communists, Ginsburg, Sotomier, Kagan and one other than blows with the wind. .

    2. john says:

      This is an Hispanic judge, nuf said

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