From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Applauds Justice Department's Rejection of Voter ID

(Austin) -- Statement from Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26) on today's decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to reject Texas' voter ID law:

"I applaud the Department of Justice for its action today to protect the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Texans. I fought the voter ID requirement last session on many grounds, but most importantly because it would block many people who are elderly, poor, minorities, students, women, and people with disabilities from exercising the most fundamental right of democracy. In its disapproval, the Justice Department estimates that Hispanic voters are possibly 120% more likely than non-Hispanics to lack proper ID, and the state has failed to demonstrate how it would get free IDs to all who need them.

"There have been no instances of voter impersonation in Texas -- no cases have been found. As I've said all along: This law isn't about preventing unqualified people from voting, it's about preventing properly registered voters from voting. Our fighting forces are risking their lives to give people the freedom to vote in faraway places; why is the state's leadership making it harder to vote at home?"