House Representative

Wu, Gene


Fifth Circuit Affirms Need for Voting Rights Act

AUSTIN - August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Most notably, the Act has accomplished greater access to the ballot box by eliminating obstacles used to keep racial and ethnic minorities from registering to vote.

On the eve of this historic anniversary, today, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas' Voter ID law has a "discriminatory effect" that violates Section Two of the Voting Rights Act. This ruling strikes down one of the most onerous and controversial voting laws in the nation.

Representative Wu lends his support to plaintiffs in the Voter ID lawsuit: "Our democracy owes much to the Voting Rights Act for providing greater access to the ballot box. Today's ruling by the Fifth Circuit affirms the continued need for strong protections of our right to vote." Wu adds, "We should protect our voting process, but that effort should be weighed carefully against measures that disenfranchise voters because they are poor or live in rural areas."

State Representative Gene Wu - represents District 137 in Southwest Houston

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