Texas was blocked from enforcing the latest version of its voter ID law by a federal judge Wednesday.
In 2011, Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the state’s voter ID law, which requires voters to have one of seven possible forms of ID, was discriminatory. The Texas state legislature modified the law to allow potential voters to bypass the photo ID by signing an affidavit and showing a bank statement, a utility bill or other forms of identification; however, Judge Ramos still ruled this week that the law “imposes burdens disproportionately” on black and Latino voters.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined Friday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” to talk about the simple goal behind the Texas voter ID law and the history of the state’s years-long court battle to be able to enforce it.
“The goal was to prevent fraud in elections,” Paxton said, explaining the types of ID that can be used and how Texas lawmakers have tried to work with voters who struggle with this issue. “This idea of discrimination is false,” he said. “There’s no evidence of it.”
Glenn had one important question: “So is it true that this judge requires a photo ID to be able to get into her courtroom?”
Essentially every federal courtroom does require photo ID for entry, Paxton confirmed. “Apparently, that’s not discriminatory,” he said.
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