Victory for Democracy as Wisconsin and Texas Voter ID Laws Come Tumbling Down

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Democracy called checkmate against Scott Walker’s attempt to rig Wisconsin’s vote, while a Federal Court slapped down Greg Abbott’s attempt to suppress votes in Texas.

On Thursday night, the Supreme Court vacated an earlier Appeals court ruling that says Wisconsin’s Voter ID law is unconstitutional. This development amounts to democracy declaring checkmate on an attempt by Wisconsin Republicans to rig the election by suppressing the vote.

The one paragraph order,  supported by a majority of the court, vacated the Monday ruling by an appeals Court, pending further proceedings by the Supreme Court.  On Monday, an Appeals Court said, Wisconsin’s voter ID law is constitutional.

Justice Alito, joined by Scalia and Thomas dissented, though, even they had to concede the majority had a point because of “the proximity of the upcoming election.”  Still, the dissenting three expressed concern “that absentee ballots have been sent out without any notation that proof of photo identification must be submitted.”,

This means that Wisconsin’s voter ID law will not be in effect for this election.  Democracy declared checkmate over the blatant attempt to rig the election by Wisconsin Republicans.

But the good news gets sweeter because on Thursday evening, a Federal Court in Texas ruled  that state’s “voter ID” law unconstitutional.

The Court holds that S.B. 14 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,” “The Court further holds that SB 14 constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax.

Wendy Davis, the Democratic Candidate for Governor of Texas applauded the news in a statement.

This is great news for democracy. I call on Attorney General Greg Abbott to drop his defense of a law that a court has now called a ‘poll tax’ and ‘discriminatory’ against African-Americans and Hispanics.

Texas Democratic Chairman, Gilberto Hinojosa, reacted to the ruling by calling it a victory for all Texas voters and with a quote by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. “It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.”

This ruling is the latest in a series of losses for Attorney-General and Republican candidate for governor, Greg Abbott, who announced immediately upon hearing about the ruling that he would appeal the case to the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The Federal Court simply didn’t buy Greg Abbott’s claim that Texas Voter ID is about discriminating against Democrats and if racial minorities get caught in the vote suppression crossfire so what.  In reality, Abbott’s defense is repugnant because free societies don’t deny people the vote based on their political preferences. It certainly is not the basis of freedom in America.

We should remember that every Republican in the United States shares Abbott’s contempt for freedom when we go to the polls.

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11 Replies to “Victory for Democracy as Wisconsin and Texas Voter ID Laws Come Tumbling Down”

  1. What’s especially useful, is Abbott still trying to defend his position in the Fifth Circuit. Davis can frame it as Abbott fighting for his own political welfare, as the ruling directly affects his race with Davis. Republicans will have to justify in their own minds Abbott’s self-serving attempt at winning the race by attempting to change the rules specifically to benefit himself. I wonder how many will decide its not worth the effort, and choose not to vote in that specific contest.

  2. “It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.”

    Not only that, it should be punishable. People need to bring suit against these unconstitutional laws and those who tried to get them passed, and get them into Sheriff Arpaio’s pink sleep wear

  3. Abbott’s defense is repugnant because free societies don’t deny people the vote based on their political preferences.

    But Republicans don’t believe in free societies, do they?

  4. Victories in Texas and Wisconsin. But, what about the other states where voter laws were allowed to change like North Carolina? And, that was allowed by the the BEST COURT MONEY CAN BUY — the inferior court of last desent. Some have renamed it the “Robert’s court” out of respect for the other words which it is not.

  5. I am trying to follow this, but am getting confused as to who ruled on what when and what the ruling was.

    “On Thursday night, the Supreme Court vacated an earlier Appeals court ruling that says Wisconsin’s Voter ID law is unconstitutional. ”

    This sounds like the Supreme Court is saying that the Voter ID law *is* constitutional.

    “The one paragraph order… vacated the Monday ruling by an appeals Court… On Monday, an Appeals Court said, Wisconsin’s voter ID law is constitutional.

    So did the Supreme Court say no, it’s *un* constitutional after all?

    Where are we at with Wisconsin?

  6. You got to hand it to the Texas teahadist, they sure got dome big brass ones

    A spokeswoman for the Texas attorney general’s office said it would immediately appeal “to avoid voter confusion in the upcoming election.”

  7. If ya can’t beat ’em, cheat ’em.
    …the fascist GOP TP credo.

    I’ve always said that if it weren’t for the people who vote for them, Republican candidates would be the dumbest MF’ers on the planet.

  8. “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.

    The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President​, ​senators​, congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this ​country.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

  9. F*ck Abbott! That SOB is a misogynist of the first order. He claims to be an education governor but has cut over $5 billion from the schools, fired teachers, and crammed our classrooms to the hilt.

    He is as crooked as were Bush and Perry. I hope that Texans vote for Senator Wendy Davis. She’s the real thing even though the national Democratic Party had ignored her as they usually do when they think they can’t win.

    I’m putting my money in Wendy’s pocket and this is the first time I’m going to vote a straight Democratic ticket. I was an Independent but am not a liberal Democrat.

    When did the term “liberal” become a four-letter word?

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