July 20, 2016

American Constitution Society President Statement on President’s Ruling in Texas Voter ID Case

Paul Guequierre, Director of Communications, pguequierre@acslaw.org or (202) 393-6187

Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that Texas’ discriminatory voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and cannot be enforced in the upcoming presidential election. 

ACS President Caroline Fredrickson made the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a major victory for voting rights in America,” said ACS President Caroline Fredrickson. “Voter ID laws are a ruse, only used to deny the right to vote to minorities, low-income citizens, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. We laud the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that the Texas voter ID law unfairly discriminates against minority voters.”

And, thanks to the work the Voting Rights Institute (VRI), a joint project of ACS, the Campaign Legal Center and Georgetown Law, hundreds of lawyers have been trained to litigate more cases like these bringing justice to voters across the country.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), founded in 2001 and one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations, is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals dedicated to making the law a force to improve lives of all people. For more information about the organization or to locate one of the more than 200 lawyer and law student chapters in 48 states, please visit www.acslaw.org.