Thursday, August 30, 2012

Breaking News: Texas Voter ID Law Overturned (August 30, 2012)

Last week, Wendy made a post on the unfairness of the new Pennsylvania voter ID law...

Well, perhaps the tide is turning.  A federal appeals court today overturned Texas's new voter ID, which required photo ID's for voters, much like the Pennsylvania law.  The Voting Rights Act requires all Texas (and various other southern states) laws affecting voting rights to be reviewed by the Justice Department before going into effect, a vestige of the civil rights era.  Pennsylvania does not have such a constraint.

The appeals court said that the law will basically have "the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race."

Rick Perry was bummed, to say the least.

A different appeals court will render judgment on a similar South Carolina law soon.

A Georgia law was recently upheld, however, because the state will provide a free photo ID to anyone who asks for one.

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