Politics

How Republican Voting Law Blocks Texas Voters (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The Republican-controlled legislature in Texas passed a voter ID law, SB 14, in 2011 to supposedly curb voter fraud. That law is reportedly preventing some legitimate voters from voting.

The Campaign Legal Center, which is currently fighting SB 14 in a case (Veasey v. Abbott) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, released a video (below) featuring the real-life voting problems that SB 14 has caused for citizens trying to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

In the video, the Campaign Legal Center's Abbie Kamin is seen trying to help registered voters get through a maze of contradictory bureaucracy created by SB 14.

CNN reported in 2012 that the U.S. Justice Department challenged SB 14 because Texas' "own statistics to show about 600,000 registered voters there lack a state-issued driver's license or identification card" required by SB 14.

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According to the Brennan Center For Justice at the New York University Center of Law, the U.S. government's lawsuit in federal court "blocked implementation of the law under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act on the basis that it discriminates against minority voters," but adds, "After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the geographic coverage provisions for Section 5 in Shelby County v. Holder, this ruling was vacated and Texas implemented the law in 2013."

When SB 14 went into effect in 2013, the law made it harder for some people to vote, including Judge Sandra Watts, State Sen. Wendy Davis and then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, noted The New York Times. Abbott is now the governor of Texas.

Ironically, Abbott tweeted in 2013 about legal challenges to SB 14: "I'll fight #Obama's effort to control our elections & I'll fight against cheating at ballot box."

Sources: CNN, The New York Times, Brennan Center For Justice, Greg Abbott/Twitter, Campaign Legal Center
Image Credit: Campaign Legal Center Screenshot