Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws in Texas and Wisconsin

Adam Liptak: “The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide photo identification before casting their ballots in the coming election.”

“Three of the court’s more conservative members dissented, saying they would have allowed officials to require identification.”

“The Supreme Court’s action was seen as a setback for Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who, along with a Republican-controlled Legislature, approved the law in 2011. He faces a re-election challenge from Mary Burke, a Democrat.”

“Around the same time, a federal trial court in Texas struck down that state’s ID law, saying it put a disproportionate burden on minority voters.”

“Thursday’s ruling from Texas, issued after a two-week trial in Corpus Christi, found that the state’s voter ID law ‘creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose,’ Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos wrote.”

FavoriteLoadingSave to Favorites
Read previous post:
Kentuckians Love Kynect But Hate Obamacare

Al Jazeera: “Obamacare is a lightning rod in Kentucky, even though the state had one of the most successful rollouts...