A federal judge should immediately block Election Assistance Commission Executive Director Brian D. Newby’s action allowing three states to require proof of citizenship on the federal voter registration form, according to a motion filed today.
Election Assistance Commission Executive Director Brian D. Newby’s action to allow three states to require proof of citizenship on the federal voter registration form is illegal, argued the League of Women Voters and others in a federal suit.
More than half a million registered voters do not have the kind of ID required by Texas’s harsh new law. Texas should heed the admonishment of three federal courts and abandon this discriminatory requirement.
Voting discrimination is harder to stop since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act two years ago. Unless Congress acts, 2016 will be the first presidential election in 50 years without these key protections in place.
With the 2016 race already under way, the voting wars continue in the states, but with a significant drop-off in new restrictions in 2015. Since the 2010 election, however, 21 states have new laws making it harder to vote.
At a time when leaders of both political parties are uniting to reform our criminal justice system, this veto is a failure of leadership. The legislature should override the veto and give these citizens a second chance.
Texas's strict photo ID requirement discriminates against African-American and Latino voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution, imposes an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, and is an unconstitutional poll tax.