Saturday, October 18, 2014

USSC Gets Voter ID Laws Wrong (Again) Using the Texas Model

Sample Voting Machine in New York State
(In some, but not all, counties)

Need to Review and Strenghten not Weaken VRA
(The most-valuable right in America)

Introduction from two articles here and from here also:

The Supreme Court ruled (October 18, 2014) that Texas can use the voter ID law it originally passed in 2011 in the upcoming election. For the moment, that puts the kibosh on challenges to the law that have ensued ever since. It was a bitter defeat for Obama Department of Justice and other plaintiffs who had argued that the Court should stay the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to enforce the ID law this election cycle. 

The appeals court had itself on October 14 stayed a 143-page district court decision following a two-week trial saying the ID law discriminates against minorities, the young and the poor who are less likely than older, more affluent white voters to have the mandated forms of ID necessary to cast a ballot.

Early voting begins Monday (October 20th) in Texas.

The High Court's ruling, the fourth in three weeks affecting major voting law changes, was unsigned, as is usual in such cases. But Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a six-page dissent joined by her colleagues Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The law requires that, before voting, citizens must present a driver's license, passport, military ID, or Texas gun license. Student IDs and tribal IDs of American Indians are among the forms Texas will not accept as valid for voting, making the law one of the strictest in the nation.

This post updates the following two posts from previous dates as noted:

1. Posted on October 9, 2014 here.

2.  Posted on September 23, 2014 here.

A new that needs constant review and action ... voting is the most important right in America... nothing should hamper, suppress, or weaken it, but the GOP just can't see it that way.

Voter fraud is a red herring and more evidence in that regard is here (Brennan Center for Justice at NYU)... review the facts for yourself.  

This election will prove voting rights advocates correct but sadly, it could be too late for hundreds of thousands who are not voter fraud citizens. Stay tuned for more updates.

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