The Texas GOP wants to repeal the Voting Rights Act in its entirety, claiming that it’s government overreach. While MSNBC reports that this position isn’t new, it does appear that they’re trying to take advantage of the fact that the Supreme Court invalidated a very important section of the law last year, severely weakening its effects.
Their platform, regarding election law, says:
“Voting Rights- We support equal suffrage for all United States citizens of voting age who are not felons. We oppose any identification of citizens by race, origin, or creed and oppose use of any such identification for purposes of creating voting districts.”
But then they say:
“Voter Rights Act- We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965, codified and updated in 1973, be repealed and not reauthorized.”
And that’s all they say about it. It should be repealed and not reauthorized. They contradict themselves with these two provisions, in a manner reminiscent of New York City businesses fighting regulation after the Triangle Shirtwaist disaster.
Texas has one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country, thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling. The law requires voters to show only approved forms of ID in order to be able to vote. One Texas district judge, and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, had trouble with the new law in 2013.
The Voting Rights Act was one of the biggest civil rights laws to pass in the 1960s, specifically to ensure that no discrimination happened at the polls. One section of the law, the one that was struck down, required states known to create racist voting policies to submit changes to their election laws and to their districts to the Department of Justice for approval. Since we are now, apparently, a post-racial society, Section 4 is no longer necessary.
Or is it? Many of these states have enacted voter ID laws that disproportionally hit women and minorities. In Texas, one major criticism of the law is that it will hurt women because of name changes due to marriage or divorce. All the Texas GOP wants to do is make it so that Latinos and blacks—two demographics who tend to vote Democratic—have trouble voting. If the Voting Rights Act is repealed, this will inevitably follow.
But it doesn’t matter to them. As long as they can gerrymander their districts to ensure GOP hyperpartisanship, and make sure that those who traditionally vote Democratic can’t vote, then everything is just fine.
More on the GOP’s assault on voting rights.
- WATCH: Dirtbag Ohio Secretary of State Gets Blasted for Cutting Early Voting (Video)
- Women Voting ‘Hurts the Entire Culture and Society’ Says Christian Historian (Audio)
- Reich-Wingers Work To Destroy What’s Left Of The Voting Rights Act (Video)
- Wisconsin Voting Rights Under Assault: State Senate Trying to Pass Bill Limiting Voting Hours!
- Stealing Election 2014: Ohio GOP Kills Sunday and Weekday Early Voting! (Video)