new voter ID law was struck down by a 3-judge U.S.District Court panel.
Having read the opinion I agree.
Although voter fraud and irregularity are real problems (see “Acorn” and
“New Black Panther” cases) and political machines are often notorious for voter
fraud, Texas’ law goes too far and is more stringent than laws previously
upheld and empirically found to have no effect on voter turn out. See “Pravda’s”
article here. Basically, win-at-any-cost
Republican legislatures are trying to overcome “win-at-any-cost” Democratic
voter fraud by enacting over-the-top voter ID laws. The Supreme Court, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board,553 U.S. 181(2008), and other courts have
upheld some voter ID laws, but, IMHO this one goes too far. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
1. I trust the Republican-dominated Texas
legislature on this issue about as much as I trust Chicago and D.C. City
Councils--at least when it comes to fair play. The Repubs have a strong interest in
depressing the low-income and minority votes (these folks tend to vote
Associated costs are too high, esp relative to other states.(See opinion pp. 4-5, 26-7) Has this become a “poll tax?” It strikes me that increasing voting participation is a good thing. There should be minimal costs, if any to vote. The government should at least provide the required
documents at minimal costs.
3. Some applicants must go to a Texas DPS
Office: As the opinion notes (p. 27):
United States submitted unrebutted evidence showing that "81 Texas
counties have no [DPS] office, and 34 additional counties have [DPS] offices
open two days per week or less." Proposed Findings of Fact by Eric Himpton
Holder, Jr. ("U.S. Proposed Findings") Doc. 223 at 6, see also Am.
Compl., ECF No. 25 Ex. 7 at 4. This means that in at least one-third of Texas's
counties, would-be voters will have to travel out-of-county merely to apply for
an EIC. Georgia and Indiana voters face no such burdens. Indeed, Georgia law
requires each county to "provide at least one place in the county at which
it shall accept applications for and issue [free] Georgia voter identification
cards." Ga. Code Ann. ? 21-2-417.1(a). Similarly, every Indiana county has
a BMV office that is required by law to disperse "free" photo IDs.
See Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Branch Locations and Hours, available
online at http://www.in.gov/bmv/2337.htm (last visited August 28, 2012)."
4. The state of Texas has the legal burden of
proof. In light of the conflicting “empirical”
evidence, they have not met that burden. The myth of "social social objectivity” is clearly demonstrated by the inconsistent research results. Research where the investigator made a good
faith effort to conduct unbiased research on hot-button topics is extremely
hard to find.