The Supreme Court delivered a devastating blow to Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations when it announced last week that it would not block Texas’s strict but reasonable photo ID law — meaning that Clinton cannot rely on voter fraud to help her in the general election against likely opponent Donald Trump.
According to USA Today, the contentious law permits voters to identify themselves at the polling booths with only a select few types of photo IDs — namely those handed out by the state and not, as an example, colleges.
Civil rights groups have argued that the law discriminates against minorities and “could be fatal” if not blocked before the November election, but for now, they must sit tight and simply wait.
Specifically, they must wait for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to hear the case next month. If the court fails to reach a decision, then the Supreme Court might itself vote on the matter some time after July 20.
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The battle in Texas originally began in 2011, when federal officials tried to block the law by citing a provision in the Voting Rights Act. After the Supreme Court struck down that provision in 2013, nullifying the feds’ argument, civil rights groups took up the case in the district court system.
This led to a federal judge eventually striking down the Texas photo ID law in 2014. Only three days later, however, a three-judge panel on the appeals court blocked the federal judge’s order from going into effect until a decision on the state’s appeal was made.
That decision was finally made in August 2015, when the panel ruled that the law was discriminatory but encouraged the two sides to compromise. But then just last month, the entire appeals court decided to rehear the case.
It’s big a long, arduous trek for Texas, and there still remains a chance that its photo ID law might eventually be struck down, but for now, it gets to continue demanding that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is really bad news for Hillary but awesome news for her chief rival, GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
H/T Fox News
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