A restrictive voter identification law took effect in Texas yesterday – the same day that early voting for the state’s November 5 elections began – despite an ongoing lawsuit by the Department of Justice to stop it.
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley has barred the law from going into effect until a trial determines a final decision regarding the law’s validity.
On Monday, McCrory signed into law a new bill that includes a strict voter ID law, ending same-day voter registration, cutting down the length of early voting and eliminated a program that encourages high school students to register to vote before they turn 18.
The law cuts the number of early voting days from 14 to eight, prohibits same day voter registration, and prevents 16 and 17 year olds from pre-registering. Also under the new law, voters will be required to show voter id at the polls before being allowed to vote. College and university IDs will not be accepted.
Attempts at voter suppression from the recent past attest to the idea that discrimination remains incredibly rampant and is often best stopped with federal intervention.
Nearly 6 million people in the United States will not be allowed to vote in the upcoming presidential election for one reason. As the November election nears, voting rights have become an important topic of conversation. From photo ID requirements to early voting restrictions, the negative effects of barriers to voting are being foreseen, not […]
By Francesca Witcher This post is part of the #Hervotes Blog Carnival and was originally posted on the Feminist Campus Blog. The Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine are partnering with other organizations that represent women and people of color in a Health and Economic Right or HERvotes initiative for the election in 2012. FMF’s […]
This blog is part of the #HERvotes blog carnival. The Feminist Majority Foundation is proud to join a major coalition of organizations, HERvotes, which is growing, representing millions of American women in an effort to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women’s Health and Economic rights. Right now, a slew of historic gains for women […]