Skip to comments.OUTRAGE: Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law, Says ‘Unfair’ to Blacks and Hispanics
Posted on 08/30/2012 11:06:21 AM PDT by montag813
by John Hill
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In a despicable ruling today, a federal court has blocked a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November - in clear violation of a U.S. Supreme Court precedent upholding the practice.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. ruled that the law, overwhelmingly supported by Texas voters and legislators, imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and that "a disproportionately high percentage of African-Americans and Hispanics in Texas live in poverty".
This ruling is an outrage on several fronts. Firstly, those same "poor" need photo ID to get food stamps (SNAP), WIC, Medicaid, and other social programs. They also are required by Texas state law to buy cigarettes or liquor, and by Federal law to board a plane anywhere in the United States. In fact, "minorities", along with all other attendees, will have to show photo ID to gain entrance into the Democrat Convention next month.
And Texas provides photo ID that qualifies - FOR FREE - if you can prove you are legal. Therefore, under the Texas law, only the ridiculously lazy or illegal aliens would be disenfranchised by having to provide a photo ID to vote.
But of course this has nothing to do with ensuring the integrity of our electoral system, and everything to do with enabling voter fraud to win elections for Democrats that they would otherwise lose.
Obama and his left-wing allies in the courts know he cannot possibly win in November without massive voter fraud. So Eric Holder has sued nearly every state which has enacted a Voter ID law, and fought Florida tooth and nail to stop its purge of illegal aliens and dead people from its voter rolls.
As Roger Hedgecock proved in his shocking report from the 2010 midterms in California, the Democrat Party is very organized in their voter fraud efforts, registering illegal aliens and felons to vote using Motor Voter, and then using shill voters to vote in their name come election time. In addition, at least 5,000 illegal aliens were able to vote in Colorado in 2010, and untold additional thousands nationwide. Voter ID would put a STOP to illegal alien voters. And the Democrats cannot allow that to happen. And now they have a Federal court to back them in this lawless effort.
What is most shocking is that the court is willfully defying the Supreme Court itself, which upheld Voter ID in 2008's 'Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (2008)' - a 6-3 decision that even the liberal hero, former Justice John Paul Stevens joined.
Now Texas' only recourse is to either ask the full D.C. court to overturn this decision - which is unlikely in light of this atrocious ruling, or ask the Supreme Court to hear the case in an emergency appeal. But the Court may be loathe to get involved with a voting-related fight so close to an election, particularly after the controversy of the 2000 'Bush v. Gore' decision.
And it gets worse - a separate panel of this same court is due to rule on the legality of South Carolina's Voter ID law as well before the election.
We the People have a challenge like never before: not only must we defeat Obama this election, but we have to produce an extra, voter fraud cushion, to counter the inevitable massive fraud that will take place on November 6th. This is disgraceful beyond words. It is treason, plain and simple.
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did anyone provide evidence of a black man or hispanic who could not get an ID?
Or did they just IMAGINE they were too stupid or lazy to be able to get one
Vote fraud has powerful defenders.
It is only an outrage to anyone who actually pays net income taxes. What this court ruling says is that it believes blacks and hispanics are too stupid and too lazy to figure out how to get a photo ID in the case where there isn't a government check involved.
Someday, well after it is too late, people will realize the government has turned against us and, as it is no longer constrained by the Constitution, we will be on the losing end of more and more court rulings until there is nothing left but a hammer and sickle flag.
What the courts and dems are saying to all minorities, you are too damned stupid and lazy to get an ID. That must play well on the dem plantation.
We need to Alinsky the defenders of vote fraud. They need to have names well publicized, photos widely distributed. We need to make them the issue.
Where impeachment is a possibility, we should use it.
The Left saw years ago that the most direct way to transition America to Marxism was through the courts. Over the past 50 years they've worked relentlessly to pack the court system with partisans. It's working. Even if this decision is ultimately overturned it'll be after the elections.
I get carded everytime I vote in Virginia! why not everywhere?
I say we ALL go vote without ID’s just to piss them off!
Liberals don't need to imagine that blacks and Hispanics are stupid or lazy -- they already believe it to their very core.
Can’t Texas LEGALLY refuse to comply with the Federal Court’s ruling on the grounds it violates and ignored a higher court’s (SCOTUS) ruling?
No idea what this particular court is up to but they ain't right in the haid!
I find it fascinating that the lower federal courts totally disregard the supreme court on this issue.
If this were a person in court acting like this the court find their conduct contumacious (total disregard for the order of the court) and hold them in contempt.
I present my driver's license each time I vote. Invariably, the old lady who checks you in says, "Oh we don't need that."
Invariably, my response is, "And why is that?"
Deer-in-the-headlights blank stares ensue.
Well, they have to have an ID to cash their welfare checks at Walmart, to cross the border into Mexico, or to get on an airplane. Are these discriminatory practices?
This is the Voter Fraud Preservation Decision. However, TX Attorney General Greg Abbott is heading straight for the Supreme Court with this case, where everyone knew it would wind up. We’ll see whether this discriminatory ruling against the state of Texas will stand.
The court is racist.
They don’t believe blacks and Hispanics can follow the law.
How does the court think they get jobs, housing cars or bank accounts? Try getting any of these without a picture ID.
Don’t complain too much. This MIGHT be an opportunity to get out from under the “Voting Rights” Act that takes control of elections away from the Southern states.
All the self-righteous blather about ‘poll tax’ is amusing when you consider the nearly infinite number of taxes paid on phone bills, heating, etc. - the poor aren’t exempt from these. IDs are offered free.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the judges left the law way behind them, moved past judicial activism, and are now self-appointed social engineers.
Who are the judges, where do they live. This needs to be posted for all of America to be able to appropriately respond.
Because blacks and hispanics are too stupid and lazy to get IDs so some Affirmative Action is necessary! /s
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Judge Tatel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in October 1994. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1966. Following law school, he taught for a year at the University of Michigan Law School and then went into private practice with the firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago. From 1969 to 1970, he served as Director of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, then returned to Sidley & Austin until 1972, when he became Director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. From 1974 to 1977, he returned to private practice as associate and partner with Hogan & Hartson, where he headed the firm’s Community Services Department. He also served as General Counsel for the newly created Legal Services Corporation from 1975 to 1976. In 1977, Judge Tatel became the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He returned to Hogan & Hartson in 1979, where he headed the firm’s education group until his appointment to the D.C. Circuit.
The overlords have crapped on the yeomanry again. The rulers have total disdain for the Kulaks. When will it end?
Oh good! Another productive member of society. What has this sh!t ever done in his silly excuse for a life except live off of the producers? Yet he gets to rule us.
The world is upside down.
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During his tenure with the Public Defender Service and in private practice, Judge Wilkins served as the lead plaintiff in Wilkins, et al. v. State of Maryland, a civil rights lawsuit against the Maryland State Police. This lawsuit resulted in two landmark settlements that were the first to require systematic compilation and publication by a police agency of data for all highway drug and weapons searches, including data regarding the race of the motorist involved, the justification for the search and the outcome of the search. These settlements inspired a June 1999 Executive Order by President Clinton, Congressional hearings and legislation that has been enacted in over half of the fifty states.
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Our fathers would have considered the egregious breaches of USA law, esp. supreme USC law, by many of our _judges_ to be hanging offenses.
Ignore them and enforce the ID law anyway.
They only have as much power as we give them, and it is high time to take it all away.
I actually read this opinion.
It is based on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The Court discussed the US Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana’s law, but distinguished it because it did not involve Section 5 of the Voting Rights act. In the US Supreme Court case, the plaintiffs had the burden of showing a discriminatory intent and impact. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Texas has the burden of showing a lack of discriminatory intent and impact.
The court specifically noted that it was not ruling on the constitutionality of Section 5. It set a briefing schedule, and will adress that issue later.
The appellate court, apparently because of special provisions in the law, acted as a fact finder, conducting a trial at which it received evidence. This is very unusual.
The Court did not address the issue of discriminatory intent. It focused solely on the issue of discriminatory impact. It found Texas had failed to prove the absence of any discriminatory impact, because the law might impact hispanics and blacks more than whites.
The problem with the Court’s decision, as I see it, is that it (or perhaps more accurately Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act) imposes the impossible burden of proving a negative upon Texas.
This problem was exacerbated by the way in which the Court examined the evidence. The parties presented competing evidence from the academic community about the impact of the law. The Court noted that the academic community was split, and therefore ruled that Texas had failed to meet its burden of proof. Given the ideological division on the issue, and the fact that academia is a bastion of the left, there will NEVER be academic consensus on this issue. The Court’s decision effectively gives the left veto power with respect to any state subject to the voting rights act.
The Court also purported to distinguish the US Supreme Court decision regarding Indiana’s law on the facts. Both states require photo id, and provide for the free issuance of photo id. And both require persons applying for the free voter id to submit various forms of documentation when applying for that id, which application must be submitted in person at a government office.
The Court said that Texas’s law imposed a more significant burden on minorities for two reasons: First, because to obtain the (cheapest and most common form of) id needed to apply for the voter id—a certified copy of birth certificate, cost $22 in Texas, but only $3 to $12 dollars in Indiana. I cannot understand how this is a significant difference, or based on what principle the Court is drawing the line.
Second, the Court pointed to the fact that Texas is a big state, and that not every county has an office in which to apply for a voter id. I don’t understand how that is a significant difference either.
Frankly, I think the real problem hear is with the Voting Rights Act itself. It explicitly discriminates on the basis of race. (Texas was not subject to the Voting Rights Act when it was originally passed, and only become subject in 1975, when an amendment made states with high numbers of minority voters subject to it). Congress did this without any evidence that this discrimination was necessary to remedy a specific instance of past racial discrimination. So, it seems to me the Act should be invalidated as violative of equal protection, as the Constitution and laws of the United States should be colorblind, except where strictly necessary to address past, specific instances of racial discrimination.
Sorry to ramble.
How do they get welfare or SS without id?
More proof to support the thesis of Mark Levin’s “Men in Black”. We are being ruled by a judicial tyranny.
Indeed. At the very least, sales of tar and feathers would be at an all time high.
This decision should be set aside immediately, because the federal court, likely staffed with liberal hack judges, did not have standing to hear this case.
I also think the same applies to the state immigration law that was similarly shot down in Arizona, so I sent a similar message to Gov. Brewer. Don't know how much if any provocation I might've caused, but I can't the first one to think of this point, so what the hell is going on?
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