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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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Tremendous victory tonight for Pete Flores who will become the 21st member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus! This gives the Republicans in the Texas Senate a 2/3rds supermajority.

This victory shows the unified support from Texas Republicans all the way from US Senators Cruz and Cornyn, to Governor Abbott, to Lt. Governor Patrick, all 20 Texas Senate Republican Caucus members and many others. Despite what some pundits might say Republicans can win in 2018!

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) added: "With no straight ticket voting in 2020 I predict that Pete Flores can hold this seat in 2020."

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