The Texas League of Young Voters filed an amended complaint today expanding its claims in the Texas voter ID litigation to include a non-race based claim under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The amended complaint said that in addition to discriminating on the basis of race, the Texas voter ID law “imposes severe, unconstitutional burdens on the right to vote of many Texas citizens, particularly those who are poor” and was “not justified by any legitimate, countervailing state interest” because it “targets a problem that does not exist in fact.”
The League’s complaint previously only made claims under section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and under the race discrimination provisions of the 14th and 15th Amendments
The League’s amended complaint also added three students at Texas Southern University in Harris County as plaintiffs.
The Veasey plaintiffs, Mexican-American Legislative Caucus/NAACP plaintiifs, and the South Texas plaintiffs - who filed a separate suit last week - also are asserting non-race based claims under the 14th Amendment.