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Friday, October 31, 2014
Despite Supremes' Gutting Of Voting Rights, Texas Is Heading For Federal Supervision
Rick Perry: Prototypal U.S. Politician
Are we having fun yet?
Texas's voting laws could be put under federal supervision once again. The Supreme Court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act that automatically put much of the South's voting laws under federal supervision and gave the Department of Justice authority to veto new election laws in advance. The court, however, did not strike down another provision that gives judges the power to place states under this form of supervision if they engage in racial discrimination against voters. The district judge in Texas's most recent voter I.D. case has already laid out plenty of evidence that the state was doing so willfully, and a future hearing could restore the Justice Department's authority over Texas's elections. In other words, "the most important ruling in the case is yet to come." Richard Hasen for Talking Points Memo.