The Voting Rights Act at 50: The Texas Voter ID Story
August 6, 2015
On the 5oth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), the Lawyers’ Committee releases a report and interactive multimedia timeline on Texas SB 14, a photo voter ID bill whose trajectory illustrates the vital protections that were lost with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder. The report provides a legal analysis of the separate challenges to the photo ID law under Section 5 and Section 2 of the VRA, and argues that Section 2, while important, cannot replace the unique protections of Section 5. The report delves further into the law’s impact on racial minorities in Texas, including trial evidence and supporting data, and stories from Texan voters who contacted the Lawyers’ Committee-led nonpartisan Election Protection coalition in 2014.