Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law as unfair to Hispanics, African-Americans


WASHINGTON — A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November.

 

A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.

 

The decision involves an increasingly contentious political issue: a push, largely by Republican-controlled legislatures and governor’s offices, to impose strict identification requirements on voters.

 

The ruling comes in the same week that South Carolina’s strict photo ID law is on trial in front of another three-judge panel in the same federal courthouse. A court ruling in the South Carolina case is expected in time for the November election.

 

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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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You know .... Rev. Sharpton made a very interesting point the other day about this whole voter ID mess ... and the fact that NONE of these laws are being put into effect during the Republican primary voting process.  They're only affecting the general election in November ... when Democrats will be part of the voting process as well!! 

 

Also in Ohio, they've decided to reduce the number of early voting days ... coincidentally, just days after a report was drafted that showed that minorities and seniors and Democrats are the biggest percentage of early voters. 

 

Nobody knows how to legally cheat better than a Republican. 

Originally Posted by EbonyRose:

You know .... Rev. Sharpton made a very interesting point the other day about this whole voter ID mess ... and the fact that NONE of these laws are being put into effect during the Republican primary voting process.  They're only affecting the general election in November ... when Democrats will be part of the voting process as well!! 

 

Also in Ohio, they've decided to reduce the number of early voting days ... coincidentally, just days after a report was drafted that showed that minorities and seniors and Democrats are the biggest percentage of early voters. 

 

Nobody knows how to legally cheat better than a Republican. 

 

They all know how to screw us out of the vote when its convenient for them. Gerrymandering, outright voter intimidation through violence, poll tax, reading exams, etc. I consider this  latest action yet another way to punish black and brown people for going out and voting Obama into office. Also note that these laws are being passed by the States and not the federal gov't. Something to consider.

Originally Posted by Yemaya:
Originally Posted by EbonyRose:

You know .... Rev. Sharpton made a very interesting point the other day about this whole voter ID mess ... and the fact that NONE of these laws are being put into effect during the Republican primary voting process.  They're only affecting the general election in November ... when Democrats will be part of the voting process as well!! 

 

Also in Ohio, they've decided to reduce the number of early voting days ... coincidentally, just days after a report was drafted that showed that minorities and seniors and Democrats are the biggest percentage of early voters. 

 

Nobody knows how to legally cheat better than a Republican. 

 

They all know how to screw us out of the vote when its convenient for them. Gerrymandering, outright voter intimidation through violence, poll tax, reading exams, etc. I consider this  latest action yet another way to punish black and brown people for going out and voting Obama into office. Also note that these laws are being passed by the States and not the federal gov't. Something to consider.

 

And the "States" cannot overrule Federal Law.

Originally Posted by sunnubian:
Originally Posted by Yemaya:
Originally Posted by EbonyRose:

You know .... Rev. Sharpton made a very interesting point the other day about this whole voter ID mess ... and the fact that NONE of these laws are being put into effect during the Republican primary voting process.  They're only affecting the general election in November ... when Democrats will be part of the voting process as well!! 

 

Also in Ohio, they've decided to reduce the number of early voting days ... coincidentally, just days after a report was drafted that showed that minorities and seniors and Democrats are the biggest percentage of early voters. 

 

Nobody knows how to legally cheat better than a Republican. 

 

They all know how to screw us out of the vote when its convenient for them. Gerrymandering, outright voter intimidation through violence, poll tax, reading exams, etc. I consider this  latest action yet another way to punish black and brown people for going out and voting Obama into office. Also note that these laws are being passed by the States and not the federal gov't. Something to consider.

 

And the "States" cannot overrule Federal Law.

 

Which is why I think that ALL U.S. citizens should make a STRONG push to force Congress to actually amend the Constitution and make voting a civil right for EVERY American!!!  Then the states won't be able to pull these little tricks!! 

 

The Federal government can set the rules with a uniform national voter ID card that the states will HAVE to issue to it's citizens.  Period.  The End.

Another (small) victory, I suppose!!


 

Judge Restores 3 Early Voting Days in Ohio

 
The Associated Press
Friday, August 31, 2012
 
A federal judge in Ohio on Friday granted a request from President Barack Obama's campaign to give all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day. (Photo: AP)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio on Friday granted a request from President Barack Obama's campaign to give all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

U.S. District Judge Peter Economus in Columbus issued a preliminary injunction in a case involving a state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.

The judge's ruling said that he expects Ohio's elections chief to direct all county elections boards to maintain a specific, consistent schedule on those three days "in keeping with his earlier directive that only by doing so can he ensure that Ohio's election process is 'uniform, accessible for all, fair, and secure.'"

Obama's campaign and Democrats sued the state's elections chief and attorney general over the legality of the law. They argued that everyone should have the chance to vote on those three days. The law makes an exception for military personnel and Ohio voters living overseas.

Attorneys for the state have said many laws already grant military personnel special voting accommodations, such as requirements for states to send absentee ballots to them 45 days before the election. And they contend local boards need those three days to prepare for the election.

Ohio is among 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, that allow voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

The Obama campaign and Democrats said a series of legislative changes by state lawmakers arbitrarily eliminated the opportunity for most Ohioans to vote in person on those three days, while giving military or overseas voters the chance to do so.

Economus had pointed out to them during an early hearing that Ohioans can cast ballots by other methods — in person on Election Day or by mail beginning 35 days before the election. Lawyers for the state also noted the multiple ways voters can cast a ballot this fall, including casting an early ballot in person on other days.

Before the law, local boards of elections previously set early voting hours on those three final days. And weekday hours and weekend voting varied among the state's 88 counties.

Democrats estimated in their lawsuit that 93,000 people voted during the final three-day window before the 2008 election.

They are now trying to steal the election by proxy, rather than be so obvious as George W. Bush was when he stole the election.  But, no one better not put nothing past these republicans, it would be like trusting a roving band of thieves and gang members to do the right thing and to follow laws of this country.

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