Breaking News

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Texas Voter ID Law
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

A sign directs voters to a polling place during the Super Tuesday primary voting at a polling place in Arlington, Va.

Photo courtesy of NPR.

Summary: In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a strict Texas voter ID law.

On Monday, the Supreme Court gave progressives a small win when it declined to hear the appeal of a Texas voter ID law. The Republican-backed legislation required voter ID at polling stations, and critics said that this practice was discriminatory to almost 600,000 black and Hispanic residents.

  
What
Where


“I am extremely pleased that the justices recognize that this case does not merit review at this time,” Gerry Hebert of the Campaign Legal Center told USA Today. “Now Texas, which ranks poorly in voter participation, should work to ensure that every eligible voter in the state is able to cast a ballot going forward.”

All eight of the Supreme Court Justices were in favor of not hearing the case at this time. However, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a statement saying that the court would be open to review the matter in the future.

The Texas Voter ID case was seen in a lower appeals court in July 2016. The court ruled 9-6 that the 2011 Texas statute had discriminatory effects against minorities, and this was in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act, a federal law that forbids racial discrimination in elections. The dissenting judges said that the voter ID law was “reasonable” and that the majority was guilty of “irresponsible racial name-calling.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




The law was signed by a Republican governor, and it was considered one of the strictest voting rights laws in the country. It required voters to present one of seven government-issued identification, which included a driver’s license, a concealed handgun license, a passport, and a military ID. Other IDs such as university ID cards were not accepted at polling stations.

The law was challenged by civil rights groups as well as the Department of Justice and President Barack Obama, but proponents of the law said it was necessary to prevent fraud.



While progressives may be excited about this week’s decision, the case could be reexamined in the future, especially now that Republican Donald Trump has taken over the White House administration.

Texas is not the only state that has been embroiled in voter ID controversy. North Carolina enacted a similar voting restriction, wich was also struck down and is now in the appeals process.

What do you think of voter ID laws? Let us know in the comments below.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Insurance Defense Attorney

USA-FL-Hollywood

Hollywood office of our client seeks insurance defense attorney with 2-4 years of litigation experie...

Apply Now

Senior Family Law Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Irvine

Irvine office of our client seeks senior family law associate attorney with 10+ years of experience....

Apply Now

Civil Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CO-Loveland

Loveland office of our client seeks civil litigation associate attorney with experience. The candida...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Real Estate Attorney

USA-FL-Riverview

The Law Offices of Stephen K. Hachey, P.A. is looking for a Florida licensed attorney with 0 to 4 ye...

Apply now

Legal Secretary

USA-NY-Staten Island

LEGAL SECRETARY Requires 5+ yrs. experience in plaintiff\'s personal injury litigation for firm on S...

Apply now

Labor and Employment Law Associate - Burlington, VT or Lebanon/Hanover, NH area

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin seeks an associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience to join its Labor and ...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-MD-Pikesville

Small AV lawfirm in Baltimore County seeks an associate with a minimum of four years of experience i...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top