Clerk Orr Statement on Justice Department Reversal in Texas Voter ID Case

Author: 
Clerk David Orr
Date: 
February 27, 2017
Statement from the Clerk
Elections

I am disheartened by the Department of Justice’s announcement today that it will abandon previous claims that a Texas voter identification law intentionally discriminates against minority voters.

Today’s DOJ announcement is another stark reminder of the surgical assault and attack on voting rights. New and stringent voter ID requirements have spread throughout the country since the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act several years ago and I suspect will continue to grow under the new administration.

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to repeat it: no one in the United States should ever win an election by denying or suppressing the vote. These voter ID laws are simply wrong and the fundamental right to vote must always be protected.

The courts have acknowledged that the Texas law has a discriminatory impact on hundreds of thousands of minority voters. If the court grants the Department of Justice's request, the case will continue with the other plaintiffs and I am hopeful that the courts will not be influenced by this reversal.

David Orr
Cook County Clerk