Even though the federal district court in Washington, D.C. wrapped up with closing arguments in the Texas voter ID case this afternoon, the case is far from over. The three-judge panel is expected to rule by August at the earliest.
In addition to our previous courtroom updates, our reporting team in Texas offers this collection of interesting comments and quotes from the last day of the trial.
“Crawford [v. Marion County (IN) Election Board] was not a case of race.” —Judge David Tatel
“People who want to vote already have an ID or can easily get it.” —Texas attorney John Hughes
“Isn’t it the state’s burden to show retrogressive effect? … Technically, the government didn’t need to do anything.”
—Judge David Tatel
“Texas bears the burden of proof.” —Judge Rosemary Collyer
“The record does tell us there is a subset of voters who lack ID.” —Judge David Tatel
“We have to think about economic burden and that minorities are disproportionately poor. … That’s what makes this case different from Crawford.” —Judge David Tatel
“Their cause is now our cause.” —Attorney J. Gerald Hebert on minorities