Asa boy growing up in New York City during the 1930s we read with dismay stories from the South about requiring people to pay a poll tax in order to vote or requiring Negroes to recite passages from a state Constitution in order to vote. I thought those days of denying the right to vote had ended in America. Alas, little did I know that five members of the US Supreme Court simply did not believe in the right to vote. Oh, they believe firmly in the right of corporations to speak their minds without interference from government. They believe corporations have the right to tell employees whether or not they have the right to medicines, but these five MEN do not believe that an American citizen has the right to go vote without paying for it.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is furious at her colleagues who denied an injunction against the Texas voter ID law by an appellate judge. “The greatest threat to public confidence in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposely discriminatory law, one that likely impinges an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters.” She went on to note that the state of Texas has ben found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every election from and after the 1970s.
If Texas wants people to have a voter ID why not send one to every voter in the state of Texas??