Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Real Voter Fraud Is Texas’ ID Law

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, NYT
AUG. 7, 2015

For years, voter identification laws have been sold as a sensible antidote to fraud at the polls. Many people, including Supreme Court justices, have bought that fallacious line, even though in-person fraud is essentially nonexistent.

Now, slowly but surely, such laws are being revealed for the racially discriminatory, anti-voter schemes that they are.

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court panel unanimously agreed that Texas’ voter ID law had a discriminatory effect on black and Latino voters, and therefore violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It was the first time a federal appeals court had ruled against such a law. It was also a sign that the Voting Rights Act remains functional, despite the 2013 Supreme Court decision that cut out a key provision requiring federal oversight of jurisdictions, like Texas, with histories of racial discrimination.

(More here.)

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