Texas 's Voter Id Law

1633 Words Nov 24th, 2015 7 Pages
In the event that Texas appeals this case to the Supreme Court, the Court would need sufficient evidence to prove the voter ID law had discriminatory intent if they were to rule against the State. Looking at precedent from Hunt v. Cromartie, for the evidence to be sufficient, it must show that discrimination played a predominant role in the making of the law and that it focuses upon voting behavior. Texas’ voter ID law is one of the strictest in the nation. Discriminatory evidence the majority opinion might see is in the list of acceptable forms of identification. There are seven acceptable forms of identification, which includes a handgun license, but not a student ID. This can be seen as discriminatory towards students who possess a student ID, but not one of the forms of identification specified by the voter ID law. On the basis that younger voters tend to lean towards Democratic opinions. Certain Justices of the Court, like Ginsburg, might find this as proof that with the voter ID law, Texas legislatures are trying to refrain from demographic changes of the state. The law is discriminatory against minorities and poor voters in that not all of these individuals have one of the acceptable forms of identification. Accessing one of these forms of identification could be costly and inconvenient. In order to obtain a Texas ID or drivers license, one must visit a DMV. This can be difficult for individuals who live a significant distance from a DMV and those who do not have a…
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