The Texan Republican Party’s Voter ID law passed by the Legislature still has some life. A U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi ruled that the law (known as Senate Bill 14) was in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and that decisions was upheld by a 3 judge panel of the Fifth Circuit. Now the entire Court has decided to hear the case – which is likely an ominous sign for the voters of Texas. The notoriously conservative court of appeals is likely to uphold the discriminatory law whose only purpose is to suppress voter turnout for poor, elderly and non-white citizens.
At trial, the burden was on the law’s opponents to show discriminatory impact and the plaintiffs succeeded. Unfortunately, the State does not have the burden to establish a rationale basis for the law. Unfortunate, because it would be impossible to do so. There is no in person voter fraud in Texas that has ever affected the outcome on an election – at least not on the part of the voters. Texas has been unable to point to more than one or two reported instances of in person voter fraud. Everyone who knows anything about elections knows that all the potential electoral hanky-panky occurs with the mail in ballots. And the Voter ID law does nothing to prevent that. This has always been about Republicans attempting to suppress the vote and nothing more. Shame on the GOP for promoting this farce.