TOP: “We’ve always known that Texas’ stringent ID law was discriminatory. It was written with that intent.”
The following is a statement by Crystal Zermeno, director of electoral strategy for the Texas Organizing Project, in reaction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to strike down the Texas voting ID law:
“We’ve always known that Texas’ stringent ID law was discriminatory. It was written with that intent. In a state that regularly has the lowest voter turnout in the nation, there was no other motive for this law than to discourage even more people of color from voting. Widespread in-person voter fraud is a figment of the imagination concocted in right-wing politicians’ minds.
“It is frustrating that the courts took this long to make this decision, and even now are asking the same people who crafted this discriminatory law to find a remedy for it.
“The only solution for this made up problem is to scrap the law and focus on bringing more people to the polls. Our remedy for Texas’ real voting problem, paltry participation, would include online and automatic voter registration, extended early voting and universal voting by mail.
“Moving people to the polls is the first step in creating a representative, responsive government that cares about growing inequality. Until then, we will continue to have a government elected by a few that serves only those few.”