NAACP Statement Regarding the DOJ’s Rejection of Texas Voter ID Law

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP has released the following statement regarding The U.S.  Department of Justice’s rejection of Texas’s voter ID law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act:

“Just as it did in South Carolina, a thorough investigation by the Department of Justice has concluded that voter ID laws disproportionately suppress the rights of minority voters,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “The right to cast an unfettered ballot is fundamental to the success of our democracy. Texas’s ID law would have blocked hundreds of thousands of Hispanic voters from the polls just because they lack a state-issued photo ID.  The Department of Justice’s decision to reject Texas’s voter photo ID law ensures that all eligible Texans will have access to the ballot box in 2012 and that the integrity of our election process remains intact.”

An NAACP delegation is in Geneva, Switzerland this week at the United Nations Human Rights Council to bring attention to the attacks on voting rights in the United States.  In addition to NAACP President Jealous and NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, the delegation includes Texas college student Austin Alex who is an eligible voter that used his student ID in the past, but would not have been able to vote under Texas’s photo ID law because he lacked a Texas driver’s license.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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