Since 2011 there has been a lot of controversy around Senate Bill 14 that requires voters to present a photo ID in Texas in order to exercise their right to vote. The bill was pass to reduce voter fraud. Some may argue that voter fraud is minimal in Texas, which is not even enough to make a big difference in elections. Or, they may posit that requiring a photo ID would discriminate against minorities and potentially run contrary to The Voting Rights Act. However, most things in Texas require an ID. In order to get a social security card, open a bank account, apply for any kind of government help, or even buy alcohol, one must have a valid form of identification. If something as simple as buying a bottle of wine or a pack of cigarettes
The Fifteenth Amendment granted African-American males the right to vote in the late 1800s. However, through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, southern states were able to effectively discourage African-Americans. It was not till 1965, almost a century later, that the Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson; enforcing the Fifteenth Amendment. But acquiring the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was an enduring task for African-American citizens and supporters. A perfect example is “Bloody Sunday”, where a group of activist, in their attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama protesting for the rights of voters, were beaten and left for dead of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. This was the first of three planned marches.
Joshua Herron Government/Period 6 Mr. Hunt 10/18/15 Media Report The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbade the use of any voter registration or literacy requirement in an unfair or discriminatory manner. Texas ID Law Called Breach of Voting Rights Act by Erik Eckholm states that Texas has a strict voter identification law which blacks and Latinos find discriminating and claims it violates the Voting Rights Act is 1965. This case is being closely watched in legal circles after a 2013 Supreme Court decision that blocked the voting act’s strongest enforcement tool, federal oversight of election laws. Texas is one of the states that are being watched, due to its history of racial discrimination.
Shortly following this decision, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was approved, which enforced the Fifthteenth Amendment. This was accomplished by making poll taxes illegal in federal elections, banning the use of literacy tests, and establishing federal oversight of voter registration in areas that had less than fifty percent of non-white populations registered. It also specified that voting qualification or requisites cannot be denied on account or race or color and that a person’s ability to read or write cannot deny them the right to vote. Unfortunately, this has not entirely stop discrimination at polls, as many states still have voter ID laws and oftentimes people are forced to take time off work to make it to the polls. This
This unfamiliarity and thought of the process being confusing deters the younger people from registering to vote in the first place. By removing this process, voters can just show up to cast their votes and move on with their day without worrying about this potentially confusing process. These three methods combined could increase the voter turnout for each
With the 2016 election quickly approaching, voting is important. Especially, when you have someone like Donald Trump running for President. New voting laws are being presented which may cause controversy for voters, predominately minorities. Until the case of Shelby County v. Holder, it was much easier to block discriminatory voting laws. Most Southern states, with a history of passing discriminatory laws, were required to get preclearance (known as Section 5 under the Voting Rights Act) from the Justice Department before making any voting changes (Rosenthal, 2016).
As of 2008, the same Census Bureau study also found that 30 million eligible voters were not registered. If even a fraction of those eligible voters been registered, that could mean millions of extra votes. By having those millions of votes, it would make the entire system more
Voter ID laws are two sided, but most Americans feel that it is necessary to prevent voter fraud. Republicans feel that an individual should already have a state ID because this is required by so many government agencies. Unfortunately, the Democrats are the ones to be most likely affected due to their voters’ economic status, disabilities and age. Whereas, Democrats believe that it is a tactic to defer their supporters from voting.
Voting registration can be confusing if the wrong question is asked and the right answer is given. For citizens that have moved from county to county or from state to state, they may be interested to know if they are still eligible to vote, and the answer is almost always yes, so long as the person can prove residency. But registration itself is painless and takes little more than the presentation of identification. However, state websites and even election boards have proven to be vague about the correct form of identification. Therefore, to prevent registration requirements from preventing you from voting, make it a point to update your voter registration every time you
The presidential election in 2000 was between George W. Bush and Al Gore Jr. When Gore lost to Bush in Florida he demanded a hand count. The state of Florida discounted 175,000 ballots that were cast “improperly.” Those ballots mostly came from African- American districts. After Gore discovered that some ballots “were disqualified for ‘over votes,’ selecting too many candidates, while others had incomplete punches,” (108), he went to the Florida State Supreme Court to review the “undercounted” ballots. That led to Bush’s attorneys appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Firstly, voting fraud has been a major problem for election polls. For instance, there have been many instances of people who have voted using names of the deceased, impersonated others, and people who are living in the U.S. illegally. The U.S Supreme Court has identified, and acknowledged the risk of voting fraud. President George W. Bush won the election by only 527 votes in 2000. Every vote counts and a voter IDs would make voting fair.
The Republicans have dominated Texas politics and want to maintain Texas as a solid red state of the south. By requiring voter identification at the polls, Republicans successfully lowers voter turnout for Democrats and continue their power. On the other hand, Democrats try to make their voices heard and argue that the voter identification requirement denies the fundamental right of citizens. Although the Supreme Court ruled that the law is unconstitutional, Texas politicians plan to appeal the Fifth Circuit's decision and bring the law
Voter fraud is the act of a voter not listening to the American policy “ one person one vote”, and votes more than once. People can commit this fraud by registering under the names of deceased citizens, voting without citizenship, registering in multiple locations, ineligible voting, and more (U.S News). Voter suppression is a variety of tactics used to decrease the number of voters who vote in a particular election (Ballotpedia). It can be used as a technique to convince people to not vote. According to Aclu.org ,voter suppression laws make it difficult for Americans to vote “ particularly black people, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities”. Since these people are usually the ones who struggle the most.
In addition, Section 5 of the act appropriate covered jurisdictions to access "preclearance" from either the District Court for the District of Columbia or the U.S. Attorney General for any new voting practices and procedures. Section 2, which carefully followed the accent of the 15th amendment, activated a civic prohibition of the abnegation or abridgment of the appropriate to vote on annual of chase or color. The use of poll taxes in civic elections had been abolished by the 24th alteration to the Constitution; the Voting Rights Act directed the Attorney General to claiming the use of poll taxes in accompaniment and bounded elections. The law had an actual impact. By the end of 1965, a division of an actor new voters had been registered, one-third by Federal examiners.