As we’ve reported, Democrats are already pulling out all the stops to expand their voter base in advance of November’s elections.Most recently, Virginia Democrat Governor — and bag-carrier for Hillary and Bill Clinton — Terry McAuliffe took executive action to extend voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons — circumventing his Republican-run legislature. In what may be poetic justice, as we shared yesterday, this attempt to swing the swing state of Virginia actually may be backfiring.
And now, an emergency request from Democrat lawmakers and Latino advocacy groups to challenge enforcement of Texas’ voter ID law has just been denied — in a move that keeps the law in effect, possibly through November’s elections.
Texas’ controversial voter identification law will remain in effect, possibly through November’s elections, 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.The unsigned order from the justices did not explain their reasoning, or whether there was any opposition. While it is a temporary decision, it could affect enforcement of similar laws in other states during a hotly contested presidential election year.
A lawsuit challenging the Texas law known as SB 14 is still pending in a federal court, and the immediate issue was whether it could be enforced until the legal issues are fully resolved. A federal appeals court will hold a hearing next month on the issue, and the Supreme Court indicated it could revisit the issue later this year.
One of the strictest such 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 more than 600,000 eligible voters in the second-largest state lack one of the required IDs.Opponents say a disproportionate number are poor Hispanic and black voters.
The whole notion that requiring an ID to vote is discriminatory continues to boggle the mind, given how many other places it’s required just to operate in this nation. Moreover, it’s is inexpensive or free in most states.Seems the ones who are actually “hurt” by such a law are those who can’t obtain an ID legally — like, say, illegal immigrants, who have no business voting in this country’s elections. Oh, and the Democrats who rely on those votes to win.
Should give us all some hope that the Supreme Court showed some sense on this one, whatever their reasoning may be.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]