October 10, 2014

Federal Courts Strike Texas and Wisconsin Voter ID Laws

With the midterm election right around the corner, a federal court in Texas struck down the voting ID laws in the state. And the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law. In both cases, the prevailing argument was that minority and elderly voters would be disproportionately kept from the polls because they may not have proper identification. In Wisconsin, the law would have been implemented with a little more than 30 days until the election and Democrats say it would have burdened the people who need to get proper ID – i.e., Democrat voters. These two rulings come after SCOTUS recently upheld tougher voting laws in Ohio and North Carolina. Perhaps the voting laws are not at fault. Perhaps the government’s tougher standards of what they will accept as proper ID, such as the REAL ID standard, are burdening people from voting. Either way, Democrats will go to any means necessary to get their voters to the polls. More…

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