Despite Decision Today, Years of Litigation over Voter ID Law has Made Voting Easier for Texas Voters


Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit released a decision on Veasey v. Abbott, a legal challenge to Texas’ voter ID law. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) represents a group of plaintiffs who have challenged the law as burdening the fundamental right to vote.

Danielle Lang, senior legal counsel, voting rights and redistricting, at CLC, released the following statement in reaction:

“While we are disappointed by the outcome today, we must not lose sight of how far we have come in the fight for Texas voters. Because of our brave clients and this litigation, voters statewide can never be turned away from the polls simply for lacking a certain type of photo ID. After years of fighting this discriminatory voter ID law in the courts, the Fifth Circuit en banc court found that the original voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act, and so Texas could not enforce it. With respect to the revised law, we are exploring all legal options. We will also work with our partners to ensure that voters are well-educated about their options and not deterred from exercising their right to vote by any confusion around the photo ID rules. ”