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.
Samuels, one of the most influential opinion writers in the country, has been a critical voice for many of the Center's core issues. We look forward to her important contributions that will continue to shape the public debate.
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.
Vermont is the 14th state, plus the District of Columbia, to pass legislation to allow voters to register on Election Day, which can boost turnout and make it easier for eligible voters to cast a ballot that will get counted.
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.