SCOTUS Allows Texas Voter ID Laws
The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election. A majority of SCOTUS justices rejected an emergency request from the DOJ and some civil rights groups to prohibit Texas from requiring voters to produce at least one of 7 possible forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (THE COMMUNIST), Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan (the supposed minorites) dissented.
The law was struck down by a federal judge (appointed by Obama) who held that 600,000 voters could be turned away from the polls but a federal appeals court put that ruling on hold. “The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote in dissent.
Texas’ law sets out seven forms of approved ID — a list that includes concealed handgun licenses, drivers licenses, etc.
The 143-page opinion from U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos called the law an “unconstitutional burden on the right to vote” and the equivalent of a poll tax. (Or that minorities are too stupid to actually conform to a law that covers EVERYONE in the state regardless of skin color.) She found the (evil) Republican-led Texas Legislature purposely discriminates against minority voters in Texas. (A reminder to minorities, NO DEMOCRAT signed any civil rights laws during the 60’s and every state discriminating against blacks were Democrat led.)
The SUPREMES intervened in other disputes recently over Republican inspired restrictions on voting access. Justices blocked a Wisconsin voter ID law from being used in November. In North Carolina and Ohio, justices allowed limits on same-day registration, early voting and provisional ballots to take or remain in effect.
Texas has enforced its voter ID in elections since 6/13 when the Supreme Court effectively eliminated the heart of the Voting Rights Act, which had prevented nine states with histories of discrimination from changing election laws without FEDERAL permission. Critics of the Texas measure said the new ID requirement hasn’t been used for Congress and the Senate elections, or a statewide election like the race for governor. Untrue since it has been in place for state elections.
Ramos’ issued her ruling on October 9. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans put her decision on hold citing a 2006 Supreme Court opinion warning judges not to change the rules too close to Election Day which could effectively change outcomes.
Lawmakers in Texas and elsewhere say voter ID laws are needed to reduce voter fraud. Democrats contend that such cases are extremely rare and that voter ID measures are thinly veiled attempts to keep eligible voters, meaning minorities supportive of Democrats, away from the polls. There have been several thousand reported fraud cases since Obama first ran for the Presidency and the Dems took control of Congress and the Administration of Justice and Voter Laws.
PLBooth www.blueeyeview.blogspot.com 10/18/14
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