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Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund Intervenes in Texas v. Holder Photo ID Lawsuit

Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund Intervenes in Texas v. Holder Photo ID Lawsuit

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The statement from the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund issued a statement defending voter rights in the photo ID lawsuit.
The statement from the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund issued a statement defending voter rights in the photo ID lawsuit.

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Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund Files Motion in Federal District Court toIntervene in Texas’s Discriminatory Photo ID Lawsuit
Houston, Texas— 
Yesterday, the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund and a group of Black collegestudents at Prairie View A & M and Texas Southern universities, represented by the NAACP Legal Defense andEducational Fund, Inc., filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to prevent the implementation of adiscriminatory photo ID law, and to defend the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.In the lawsuit, Texas v. Holder, Texas asks a federal court to approve, under the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most restrictive government-issued photo identification laws inthe country. In the alternative, Texas asks the court to strike down Section 5, the heart of the Voting RightsAct, as unconstitutional.Texas previously asked the United States Department of Justice to approve its photo ID law. But just last week,the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division blocked Texas from enforcing its new law, contending that the law woulddisproportionately affect eligible voters of color, who are more likely to lack accepted forms of photo ID thaneligible white voters.“Many of our student members voted in previous elections in Texas using the only form of identification theyhad—a state-issued student ID—which would no longer be acceptable under Texas’s proposed photo ID law,”said Christina Sanders, Director of the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund. “While a student IDwill not satisfy Texas’s proposed ID measure, a concealed handgun license will. Section 5 protects against theimplementation of this type of law, which threatens to disfranchise many students of color who seek to exercisetheir protected right to vote.”LDF previously urged the Department of Justice during the preclearance comment process to reject Texas’s photo ID measure after the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund determined that many students athistorically Black colleges in Texas, like Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern, would be stripped of their voting rights because they do not have and cannot easily obtain a Texas state-issued identification card other than their student ID cards.“Our clients seek to join this case to illustrate the discriminatory nature of Texas’s photo ID measure, and thetrue costs and burdens of obtaining the underlying documents necessary to secure Texas’s so-called ‘free’ photoID,” said Natasha Korgaonkar, LDF Assistant Counsel. “Our experience teaches us that a student’s ability to pay a fee should not determine whether they can vote.”-more-
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
 
Christina Sanders, State Director Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund281-849-VOTE (8683), christina@youngvoter.orgLee Daniels, Director of Communications NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.212-965-2271, ldaniels@naacpldf.org

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