HNBA Applauds Court’s Decision Blocking Texas Voter ID Law


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Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq., Interim Executive Director, at (202) 223-4777

For Immediate Release
September 5, 2012


 WASHINGTON, D.C.- On August 30, 2012, a Federal Court held that Texas had failed to show that its new Voter ID law would not impair the voting rights of minorities. The unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel in its 56-page opinion noted that the law would be “the most stringent in the country” and that it could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of minority voters. The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds the court for enjoining the law and ensuring that eligible U.S. Citizens in Texas are not impeded by oppressive voter identification laws.

Peter M. Reyes, Jr., National President of the HNBA said that “the court’s decision sets forth strongly that eligible U.S. Citizens in Texas will not be denied their constitutional right to vote. Latinos and other minority populations cannot and will not be deprived of their right to vote with the imposition of a modern day poll tax. The Federal Court has spoken and held that the Texas law placing “strict, unforgiving burdens” on millions of Latinos, racial minorities, and the poor cannot stand.”

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