Congressman Marc Veasey Is Suing the State of Texas to Stop Enforcement of Its Voter ID Law

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The dust still hadn't settled on the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act when Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott dispatched a press release announcing that the state's voter ID law, which the courts had up put on hold, would "take effect immediately." It was almost uncanny how quickly he got the news out there, almost like he had it pre-typed and ready to go.

The same could be said of the lawsuit U.S. Representative Marc Veasey and seven others filed in federal court today challenging Abbott's decision.

Michael Li summarizes on his Texas Redistricting & Election Law blog.

The new suit alleges, though, that even if section 5 no longer bars enforcement of the law, the law's discriminatory effect on minority voters violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and that the Texas Legislature enacted the law with a discriminatory purpose in violation of the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution.

The suit also makes a claim that the law violates the Constitution's 1st amendment by inhibiting free speech and meaningful political association.

In other words, the Supreme Court's decision doesn't mean the voter ID law's not still racist.

Veasey isn't bringing the suit as a voter. Rather, he argues that the law will cause him to "suffer additional costs in running his re-election campaign" and "make it more difficult for him to persuade and turn out voters to support his candidacy." But some of his co-plaintiffs are, like Floyd James Carrier of Jefferson County, a retired, disabled black soldier with no photo ID.

In case you thought the legal battles were over.


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8 comments
russell.allison1
russell.allison1

I'll amend my comment-you don't absolutely, positively have to have an ID to open a bank account or fly, but without a photo ID you better plan on getting to the airport REALLY early and expect a wait on that bank account.  Driving, working and not sneezing?  Those will require a bad picture taken by an underpaid civil servant.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

OK,let me see if I got this straight:  this legislator is upset that someone wants to place into effect a requirement that you must have a government issued, photo ID to vote.  Just to vote?  Does that mean that he's fine the requirement that you must have a goverment issued, photo ID to legally work in the United States?  Open a bank account?  Drive?  Buy psuedoephedrine? 

Obummer
Obummer

Yo ACORN wuz not as bad as dey could gots been.

Chip
Chip

Unfair Park is becoming a low information voter factory, taking passers by and reducing or distorting what they already knew differently before they arrived.


Chip
Chip

Unfair Park is becoming a low information voter factory, taking passers by and reducing or distorting what they already knew differently before they arrived.


Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Eric...can't you come up with something original.

Since you have been here, it's all reposts and usually a week late.

You should ride ur bike n find a story?

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

You cannot file a regular lawsuit based on potential damages.  I think they teach that concept the second or third day of law school.  Until you suffer damage, you do not have standing.  The Voting Rights Act, backed by the 50 years old data, was only exception

jilli.brown
jilli.brown

@russell.allison1   Is it logical to you that a concealed carry license is valid, but a student ID (compete with photo) is not?

Two days ago the redistricting plan and the voter ID law was legally deemed to be deliberately too racist to pass muster, yet today it's full steam ahead in TX.  It's a pretty pathetic representation of the state.

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