Friday, October 10, 2014

Like its poll-tax ancestor

The voter ID law in Wisconsin was put on hold by the Supremes. The reason given was it was being implemented too close to the election and after absentee ballots were sent out. The implementation was late because the law was only recently confirmed by an appeals court. The Supremes did not rule on the constitutionality of the law, so this isn't over.

About the same time a district court in Texas struck down that state's voter ID law. This court explicitly said it is unconstitutional. It will be appealed.
Ryan P. Haygood, a lawyer at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, welcomed the decision. “The evidence in this case,” he said, “demonstrated that the law, like its poll-tax ancestor, imposes real costs and unjustified, disparate burdens on the voting rights of more than 600,000 registered Texas voters, a substantial percentage of whom are voters of color.”

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