Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Blistering Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law
Justice Ruth Ginsburg issued a blistering dissent after Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas can use its controversial voter identification law.
[su_center_ad]Ginsburg wrote, “The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote.
Ginsburg went on to argue that the Fifth Circuit was negligent in ignoring the findings of a full trial in district court, which found that the law was “enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose and would yield a prohibited discriminatory result.”
“The potential magnitude of racially discriminatory voter disenfranchisement counseled hesitation before disturbing the District Court’s findings and final judgment,” Ginsburg wrote. “Senate Bill 14 may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5% of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant identification. Id., at 50–51, 54. A sharply disproportionate percentage of those voters are African-American or Hispanic.”
“…Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970,” she wrote.
While Republicans claim Voter ID laws are a means to uphold the integrity of the vote, it’s a thinly veiled obstacle created to stop a large number of registered voters from casting their ballots, most of them black, Hispanic and/or elderly. [su_csky_ad]