"It is an outrageous and nonsensical ruling,“ state Sen. “I don’t know what America those five Supreme Court justices are living in to be able to pretend that deliberate and blatant attempts to disenfranchise people of color at the ballot box do not exist. Ferguson for the 21st century and will go down in history as one of the most wrong-headed and out-of-line decisions of the modern era.” State Rep.Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, the chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, said in a statement that despite the setback, all is not lost — yet.The Texas secretary of state's office said last week that if SB 14, the voter identification law, was allowed to stand the office would immediately begin working to educate the public about the new voting requirements.Below is an updated timeline of actions and decisions affecting Texas’ voter ID law: March 23, 2011: SB 14 passes the Texas House following debate on more than 60 amendments and seven points of order. May 9, 2011: The Texas Senate adopts the voter ID conference committee report, which tweaked some of the amendments approved during the House floor debate.He said Tuesday’s actions, however, do not indicate that America’s fight to ensure the right to vote for every eligible citizen is over.“And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination,” he said. Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, a major blow to supporters of oversight of voting laws that they say protects against discrimination.Section 4 applies to the formulas that determine which territories are subject to preclearance by Congress under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, including Texas.
"We urge Congress to develop a new coverage formula that complies with the Supreme Court’s ruling in order to place states with a history of discrimination towards minorities under preclearance protections." In an official White House statement, President Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” in the high court’s ruling because, in part, a bipartisan Congress chose to renew the act’s key provisions for five decades.
“With today's #SCOTUS decision #Texas should be freed from Voting Rights Act Preclearance,” he tweeted.
Some Democrats lamented the decision and said it takes Texas back to the era of Jim Crow laws.
Holder, that the formulas used to determine whether voting laws should be reviewed should no longer apply.
"Congress did not use the record it compiled to shape a coverage formula grounded in current conditions," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the 5-4 opinion.