Ever so gradually, the federal courts and the DOJ are examining the Republican Party’s attempt to deprive qualified Democratic voters of their right to vote, under the guise of voter fraud. As they complete their examinations, they are concluding that Republican voter ID laws are, in fact, discriminatory. The latest case is Texas.
A Texas law requiring voters to show picture ID at the polls was struck down by a three-judge federal panel, who said the state failed to prove the legislation wouldn’t harm low-income and minority voters.
Thursday’s unanimous ruling was the second legal defeat in three days for one of America’s most conservative states, which on Tuesday had a different Washington panel reject its new congressional and state Legislature district maps on the grounds that they discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.
But while it has lost those battles, Texas vows it may yet win the war — in the Supreme Court.
The Republican-dominated state Legislature passed a voter ID law in 2011, a measure that had long been backed by conservatives statewide. Yet the court ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that Texas minorities are more likely to live in poverty… [emphasis added]
Inserted from <Washington Post>
Photo credit: AccessNorthGa
This is indeed a step in the right direction, but I wish they would pick up the pace, because too many states still have them.
I would encourage you to be poll watchers in states where such laws are blocked, because there will be Republican operatives there to try to convince qualified voters that they cannot vote without the ID.