Politics: Voter ID Law

The Supreme Court ruled that Texas is allowed to move forward with a strict voter ID law.  Due to the Supreme Court’s decision, everyone in Texas who wants to vote will have to present a photo ID before taking a ballot. After being previously blocked by a federal court, the Texas law will be one of the strictest of this type in the U.S.  This is a controversial topic in the Texas governor race between Greg Abbott, who is a supporter of this law, and Wendy Davis. Because of this ruling, the Obama administration also takes a hit since they have been against voter ID laws for quite some time. These laws make it difficult for low-income citizens and minorities to vote because they are less likely to have a photo ID, which will decrease their participation in voting. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg voted against the law and stated the law as “the greatest threat to public confidence in elections.”

Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya

 

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