You need one to open a bank account, or to apply for a job to fill that bank account.
You also need an ID to file for unemployment, and to apply for welfare, and Medicaid, and food stamps.
You need a photo ID to apply for Social Security, and to buy a home, and apply for a mortgage, or to rent a home.
You need a photo ID to drive a car, you need one to buy a new car, to buy a used car, heck, you even need one to rent a car.
You need a photo ID to get on an airplane, and you need one to get married, and you need one to check into a hotel room for your honeymoon.
You need a photo ID to buy a gun, and to apply for a hunting license and a fishing license, and even to adopt a pet.
You need a photo ID to pick up a prescription, you need one to buy certain kinds of cold medicine, and you need one to donate blood.
You need a photo ID to enter a casino, and you need one to buy lottery tickets.
You need one to buy a video game that’s rated M for Mature, and you need one to see a movie rated NC-17.
You need a photo ID to buy a cell phone and apply for a coverage plan.
In a surprise move this morning the Supreme Court has said that Texas’ voter ID law, which went into place after restrictions were lifted on Texas last year, would be allowed to stand for voting this November. This is a giant win for voter ID laws that protect against voter fraud.
A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots.
A federal district judge in Corpus Christi had struck down the Texas law earlier this month after a two-week trial. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that it was passed by the Texas state Legislature in 2011 with a “discriminatory purpose” and could disenfranchise about 600,000 voters, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Hispanic. Of course, the fact that Judge Gonzales Ramos is a Obama appointee has nothing to do with the fact that she found the law was passed with a “discriminatory purpose” despite the fact that the law lists seven forms of ID that are acceptable for voting.
Just days later, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit blocked Ramos’ order from taking effect while the state appealed. That meant the photo ID requirement could be used in the upcoming elections. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented, saying they would have left the district court decision in place.
Critics of the Texas law have called it the strictest in the nation or the most racist, you know how those libtards love to twist everything into a white versus everything else kind of frame. It was blocked by federal officials shortly after taking effect, under a section of the Voting Rights Act requiring mostly Southern states to clear proposed voting changes with the federal government. The Supreme Court struck down that requirement in June 2013 when it was made clear that rampant racism in the local governments was a thing of decades long passed. Since then, the Texas law had been rejuvenated and was then used in several minor elections, including this year’s primaries, that normally experience low turnouts to begin with. This was basically the litmus test for how to best employ the new practices. That track record apparently was sufficient for the justices to permit its use next month.
State officials called Ramos’ findings of racism and potential voter disenfranchisement “preposterous.” and concluded with a statement that voter identification laws “have been specifically approved by this court as a means to deter and detect fraud and improve public confidence in the election process.” The also took offense to the broad strokes of racism brushed onto them by the Obama appointee, saying, “the legislature is not racist for enacting a voting requirement that the Supreme Court has found to serve legitimate state interests, even if that requirement is alleged to have a disparate impact on racial minorities.”
I guess battleground Texas, who has already been caught violating election laws at least twice this year, will have a much harder time turning Texas blue without the help they would naturally receive from the ability to stuff the ballot boxes.
Finally Texas will be much safer from voter fraud.