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Statement on Voter ID Ruling

August 6, 2015

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus today issued the following statement regarding the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Texas’ Voter ID law.

“The right to vote is a sacred freedom in our nation and our great state.

The citizens of Texas deserve to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that their ballots count and that our election process is one of utmost integrity.

Accordingly, in 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID at the polls – just as any Texan needs an ID to legally drive a car, board a commercial airplane, or cash a check.

While activist federal judges may find this commonsense law discriminatory, the facts tell a different story. Texas’ Voter ID law has been in effect for multiple statewide elections without any reports of disenfranchisement.

The Senate Republican Caucus will continue to confidently defend Texas’ Voter ID provisions alongside Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, and Attorney General Paxton. Voter fraud will not be tolerated in Texas.”

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