House Representative

Giddings, Helen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/20/2016

State Rep. Helen Giddings Applauds Voter ID Ruling

U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Declares Texas Voter ID Law Unconstitutional

Austin- Rep. Helen Giddings (Dallas) applauded the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that declares Texas' voter ID law unconstitutional.

"Today is a great day for Texas voters and Texas families. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that Texas' Voter ID law places an unfair and unconstitutional barrier to our democracy," Rep. Giddings said. "I am thrilled the court declared the right to vote shall not be infringed."

The stringent Voter ID law passed in 2011 has proven to be an enormous barrier to democracy for Texas' most vulnerable communities, including college students, the working poor, and the elderly. Some estimates have indicated that up to 700,000 otherwise eligible Texans have lost their right to vote since the law was passed.

"State leaders should heed the court's word and end this discriminatory practice once and for all," Giddings continued. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to create election laws worthy of the promise of our democracy."

Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.

Contact: David Feigen