The Supreme Court ruled just after 5 a.m. this morning that Texas can enforce the Voter ID law that District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled was unconstitutional:
“The Court holds that SB 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.”
You can read the entire district court opinion here; this is a link to an analysis of the Supreme Court decision on SCOTUS Blog, which covers the Supreme Court, and this, a link to the actual SCOTUS decision. That decision is only one paragraph. The dissent makes up most of the ruling.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the dissent; Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined.
As many as 600,000 Texans who are citizens with the right to vote will be denied that right because they do not have the proper ID. Many are elderly voters, well-known in their communities, whose drivers’ licenses have lapsed, or whose birth certificates were lost long ago (or, for many African-Americans born in Jim Crow Texas, were never issued in the first place). Most are poor, with extremely limited financial resources.
We should be better than this. Texans should not be afraid to let all citizens vote.
Your vote, if you are allowed it, now carries more weight. You are voting while a fellow Texan cannot, being denied that constitutional right by the highest court in the land.