Saturday, October 11, 2014

Maneuvering Persists After Courts Block New Voter Conditions

By ERIK ECKHOLM, NYT
OCT. 10, 2014

Officials in Wisconsin and Texas sought ways to preserve their contested new voter identification requirements on Friday as civil rights groups celebrated two victories against laws they said would suppress minority voting.

Thursday’s rulings, blocking new voter requirements, are part of a wider pattern of continuing litigation over changes in voting procedures adopted by several states, with the ultimate outcomes still to be determined, probably by the Supreme Court well after the November elections.

The contested laws have mainly been promoted by Republicans in the name of preventing fraud, and opposed by Democrats and civil rights groups who note that voter fraud is extremely rare and say the measures are designed to stifle voting among liberal-leaning black and Hispanic voters.

With a one-paragraph order, the Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a Wisconsin law that would require voters, including those filing absentee ballots, to have photo IDs. After protracted litigation and contradictory court rulings, the law took effect only last month, with little advance preparation by election officials.

(More here.)

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Blogger Tom Koch said...

Felons for Franken.

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