Sep
04

First Texas, Then NC

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The Brad Blog looks at the prospects for the Texas Voter ID bill surviving multiple court challenges and it doesn’t look good.

In both United States v. Texas, the DoJ’s newly filed legal challenge to the Texas Photo ID restriction law, and in Veasey v. Perry, a separate federal lawsuit filed by Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) and later joined by Dallas County, the plaintiffs not only set forth allegations but facts already found to be true last year by a unanimous three-judge U.S. District Court panel.

Those already established facts reveal that the state’s Photo ID law (SB 14) violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because it imposes unreasonable, and often impossible, burdens upon the right of the poor to vote that would likely result in disenfranchisement. The three judge panel further found, via “undisputed record evidence”, as they described it, that a disproportionate percentage of poor Texans who would be subject to such disenfranchisement are Hispanic and African-American.

Circumstances in North Carolina have lots of parallels with the Texas, and North Carolina’s “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to restricting voting access are more restrictive then the law at issue in Texas. Stay tuned.


Comments

  1. Susan says:

    I had my purse stolen yesterday – off the back of my chair sitting in a restaurant. I was working on my computer and did not notice.

    Today, I went to the DMV and got my picture taken for a new driver’s license. It will likely arrive in the mail in two weeks or so.

    If I needed a state-issued ID to go vote, and Election Day was next Tuesday, I would be shit out of luck.

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