Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected a suit brought by Ted Cruz supporter and Texas GOP elected official Sue Evenwel that would have threatened the concept of “one person, one vote.” The challenge was so egregious that the court’s decision was unanimous, with even the most the most consistently conservative justices on the bench voting with the majority.
Today, the DNC hosted a conference call discussing the Evenwel decision, and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the following statement:
“Republicans are using every tool, every legal loophole and every fear tactic they can think of to take aim at voting rights wherever they can. And what they’re aiming at is clear – they want nothing less than to disenfranchise voting groups who are inconvenient to them on Election Day.
“But Democrats believe our country is stronger when every voice is heard and every vote is counted, and we will keep fighting to make sure the sacred right to vote is protected. We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. Every time Republicans try to erect a new barrier to the vote, Democrats will fight tooth and nail to make sure it doesn’t happen. The right to vote is sacred, and the American people deserve better than what they’re getting from the Republican Party.”
Despite the Evenwel decision, the Republican Party is still moving full steam ahead with other voter suppression tactics across the states.
Last night, the Department of Justice announced they would be investigating the election chaos caused by the Republican Maricopa County Record dramatically reducing the number of polling places, producing long lines in heavily Latino neighborhoods in Phoenix. From KPNX:
Voters reported waiting in line for five hours or more to cast a ballot during the primary. The county recorder’s officer had cut the number of polling places for the primary by 70 percent from 2012, from 200 to just 60.
Legal experts have said the county’s cut in polling places would not have passed a DOJ review if certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act were still in place.
Similarly, Wisconsin voters are bracing for irregularities resulting from burdensome Voter ID laws – passed by a Republican legislature and signed by Republican Governor Scott Walker – that have the effect of limiting voting rights for minorities, students, seniors, and married women.
MSNBC documented the hoops that one Wisconsin family had to jump through just to get registered, including paying for new identification – which amounts to a poll tax.
When asked about the state’s discriminatory Voter ID law, one family member said: “Having come from states where there is nothing like this, I think it’s just archaic and terrible.”
Yesterday, the New York Times editorial board eviscerated Wisconsin Republicans for the law:
“In 2014, Lynn Adelman, a federal district judge in Wisconsin, struck down the law after finding no evidence of voter fraud. He found that the law would most likely disenfranchise poor and minority voters, who disproportionately lack the required ID, and “will prevent more legitimate votes from being cast than fraudulent votes.” But a federal appeals court inexplicably reversed that decision and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case last year, allowing the law to go into effect.
“The problem, as Judge Adelman and others have documented again and again and again, is that voter-ID laws are a destructive solution to a nonexistent problem. If there were any doubts about the bad faith of these laws, consider this: The Wisconsin law requires the state to educate voters about acceptable forms of ID and how to secure them — a particularly important public service for the roughly 300,000 state residents estimated not to have the proper ID. But despite requests from the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board for $300,000 to $500,000 for that effort, the Legislature provided no funding. Instead, Governor Walker signed a bill in December to dismantle the board.”