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How about that — racially discriminatory poll taxes have the effect of stopping eligible voters from voting:

A Texas voter ID law considered to be one of the most restrictive in the country is doing exactly what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned it would do: stopping Americans from voting.

A disabled woman in Travis County was turned away from voting because she couldn’t afford to pay her parking tickets. An IHOP dishwasher from Mercedes can’t afford the cost of getting a new birth certificate, which he would need to obtain the special photo ID card required for voting. A student at a historically black college in Marshall, who registered some of her fellow students to vote, won’t be able to cast a ballot herself because her driver’s license isn’t from Texas and the state wouldn’t accept her student identification card.

There are plenty of stories like this coming out of Texas in the early voting period leading up to Election Day. Texas’ tough voter ID law, signed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011, requires voters to show one of seven types of photo identification. Concealed handgun licenses are allowed, but college student IDs are not, nor are driver’s licenses that have been expired for more than sixty days.

Republicans will stop at nothing to stop imaginary voter fraud, except anything that might affect significant numbers of Republican voters.

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  • Denverite

    I’ve always wondered why there isn’t any effort to enforce Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment and start taking away representatives in states that disenfranchise large numbers of people.

    • Just_Dropping_By

      Presumably because people recognize that there’s no chance in hell of getting Congress to pass the legislation enforcing such a reduction?

  • But Perry didn’t shout the N word 3 times when he signed the bill so it isn’t racism.

    • Denverite

      But Perry didn’t shout the N word 3 times when he signed the bill

      Are we 100% sure on that?

      • David Hunt

        He probably just shouted out the name of his family ranch several times…plus the name of some cleaning product.

        • Woodrowfan

          cleaning product? **** and Span???

      • Good point.

        But no one has come forward to say Perry didn’t shout the N word 3 times when he signed the bill, so it isn’t racism.

  • howard

    as a related matter, we are reminded on the one hand of how many great things ginsburg has noted and on the other that thanks to this kind of tactic, her successor may be selected by a gop president and approved by a gop congress.

    • Santiago

      It’s less and less likely we’ll see a GOP president anytime soon. The 2016 primaries will be another clown show, and whoever gets nominated will have said a lot of unpalatable things to get there.

      • liberal

        Probably. But a rational risk/reward calculation shows that the marginal benefit of having RBG on the court (compared to whoever O. would have replaced her with) to the risk of the Republicans actually winning 2016 and locking up USSC for a couple decades shows that she’s just another selfish, narcissistic political type for not resigning.

        • Barry_D

          More and more I lose respect for SCOTUS justics. Sandra Day ‘Bush v. Gore’ O’Connor wanted a GOP replacement so that she could retire, and helped f*ck the US and the world for *decades*.

      • Barry_D

        “It’s less and less likely we’ll see a GOP president anytime soon. The 2016 primaries will be another clown show, and whoever gets nominated will have said a lot of unpalatable things to get there.”

        Yes, but it’s really, really hard for a party to get a third term. Last one was Bush the Greater; before that it took WWII.

        Second, there’s an excellent chance that the economy will tank, especially given increased GOP power.

  • past

    I recently worked in the municipal elections in Ontario where we had the opposite approach. A hydro or phone bill with your name and address was enough to register at the poll and receive a ballot. Voter suppression hurts my brain.

  • Phil Perspective

    And Democrats are proposing what solutions to solve this problem?

    • Winning elections and appointing judges who rule this unconstitutional?

      I know your schtick is Democrats Suck at Everything, but c’mon.

      • Manny Kant

        Hopefully also winning control of state governments and repealing these laws legislatively, too.

      • Scott Lemieux

        I had no idea that Democrats were in charge of the Texas legislature, or nominated John Roberts or Sam Alito to the Supreme Court.

    • Among other things, telling assholes like you to go fuck yourselves.

  • except anything that might affect significant numbers of Republican voters.

    Maybe. But they’d prefer that the lower orders, regardless of party, be prohibited from voting at all.

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  • turned away from voting because she couldn’t afford to pay her parking tickets

    Wow. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know it was *that* bad.

    And (at least) five Supreme Court justices had no problem with this.

  • wengler

    People should be ashamed to be Republicans. But they won’t be.

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