Rep. Riddle Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Regarding the Voting Rights Act

June 26, 2013 1:29 am 0 comments

AUSTIN- “Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Texas has the right to determine how elections will proceed within its borders. The action of the court ensures the voice of Texas citizens will be heard loud and clear at the ballot box,” said Riddle.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made this statement today, “With today’s decision, the State’s voter ID law will take effect immediately. Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government.” He went on to say, “The U.S. Constitution establishes one United States — not a divided nation with different laws applying to different states. Laws that apply unequally to just some states have no place in our nation. Today’s ruling ensures that Texas is no longer one of just a few states that must seek approval from the federal government before its election laws can take effect.”

This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The struck provision contained a formula to determine which states were required to get approval from the federal government for any change – not matter how minor – to the state’s election laws. The Court’s opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, noted that Congress can create a new formula to determine which states must get federal approval for changes to state election laws.

The Texas Legislature passed voter photo ID to protect the integrity of Texas elections and to guarantee no vote is diluted by those who would undermine and subvert the electoral process. As of today, one must present a valid photo ID in order to vote in a Texas election. The nation’s highest court backed up action taken by the Texas House and Senate when they passed voter photo ID legislation.

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