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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
By:Natasha M. Korgaonkar, Assistant Counsel in the Political Participation Group
Natasha M. Korgaonkar, assistant counsel in the Political Participation Group, writes in today's US News & World Report that "Texas' Voter ID Laws Are Plain and Simple Discrimination." Along with two democratic representatives from Texas, she argues that the Justice Department is absolutely correct to sue Texas over its blatantly discriminatory Voter ID laws.
"In a state and country where voters of color are significantly more likely to live in poverty than white voters, the impermissible choice that Texas has imposed on voters discriminates on the basis of class and race both. In the wake of Supreme Court's decision earlier this summer in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, which immobilized a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, the Department of Justice's lawsuit represents the next phase in pushing back against measures that are intended to make it harder for people of color to vote, and less likely that our votes will count when we do.
...As the summer of our voting discontent draws to a close, it should serve as a powerful message that the first major voting lawsuit filed by the DOJ since the Shelby County decision goes directly to a state with one of the most well-documented histories of racial discrimination in voting, and seeks to use the full power of the remaining provisions of the Voting Rights Act both to invalidate SB 14 and to bring Texas back under federal review."