Voter ID laws going way of dodo bird
The Kansas City Star
It has taken a while, but the “innovative” voter identification laws that have popped up in many states with Republican controlled legislatures are thankfully being struck down in court challenges.
The voter ID laws in the 21st century are as transparent as grandfather clauses, poll taxes and literacy tests imposed in the Jim Crow South to keep black voters from casting ballots in elections in the 20th century. Those voters are likely to cast ballots for Democrats. Blocking them at the polls, give Republican candidates an advantage.
A federal court ruled Thursday that the Texas law mandating that voters show photo IDs discriminates against low-income Latinos and African Americans. The ruling said the 2011 law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor,” The Associated Press reported.
Such laws have been struck down in other states, and similar rulings are sure to come.