Supreme Court Refuses To Block Texas Voter ID Laws
Texas’ controversial voter identification law will remain in effect, after the Supreme Court on Friday denied an emergency request from a coalition of Latino advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers who say the measure is discriminatory.
Texas wants to make sure that everyone who votes in their elections is a real, live American citizen who is legally allowed to vote.
To do so they have enacted some of the most stringent voter ID requirements. Texas officials feel this is increasingly necessary as the federal government’s lax border policies have allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into their state.
According to Fox News, Texas has one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country, it requires voters to provide certain government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot. Texas officials and the U.S. Justice Department agree that more than 600,000 eligible voters in the second-largest state lack one of the required IDs.
Opponents of the law say the law is discriminatory because a disproportionate number of these eligible voters are poor Hispanic and black voters. But Texas officials say there have been no problems such as large numbers of eligible voters being turned away.
A federal appeals court ruled the 2011 law had a “discriminatory effect” in violation of the landmark Voting Rights Act. But the Supreme Court two years later struck down the VRA’s key enforcement provision, muting much of the federal government’s ability to monitor and block state laws that may deny voters fair, unfettered access to the polls.
sources: Fox News, Wikipedia