Judge rules that Texas’ voter ID laws intentionally discriminate against minorities

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I am crystal clear that democracy guarantees freedom of expression. But I also understand that there is big difference between democracy and chaos. Unlike chaos, members of democratic society suppose to be mature enough to realise that together with rights they also have equal range of obligations. 

If society allows some individual to exercise their rights at the expense of other members of the society, it shall not be qualified as democracy. Attitude that could be described as “I do what I want and I do not care about whether it violates the right of others or not.” does not represent mature mentality as it lacks respect to  the rest of co-citizens.

Moreover, such attitude has nothing to do with freedom of expression as it has ability to rapidly convert the country into the society which encourages racism and fascism.

When I read the Article published by Business Insider (please scroll down), I realised that actions of the Republican Party are mostly identical with those that brought to power dictators like Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. Europeans and Soviets were so unfortunate to experience the entire spectrum of cruelty which those dictators forced their citizens to go through.

Therefore, I think that the only way to prevent the similar events to happen again, Americans really have to make the right choice and ensure that the Republican Party, this group of extremists, finally faces justice.  

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A judge ruled for a second time Monday that Texas’ strict voter ID law was intentionally crafted to discriminate against minorities, which follows another court finding evidence of racial gerrymandering in how Republican lawmakers drew the state’s election maps.

The latest ruling by US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi comes more than two years after she likened the ballot-box rules in Texas, known as SB 14, to a “poll tax” meant to suppress minority voters. She is still holding to that conclusion after an appeals court asked her to go back and re-examine her findings.

“Proponents touted SB 14 as a remedy for voter fraud, consistent with efforts of other states. As previously demonstrated, the evidence shows a tenuous relationship between those rationales and the actual terms of the bill,” Gonzales Ramos wrote.

The Texas law requires voters to show one of seven forms of identification at the ballot box. That list includes concealed handgun licenses but not college student IDs. A court forced Texas last year to provide more flexibility under the law for the November elections.

State officials did not immediately react to the ruling, although Texas could once again appeal.

Gonzales Ramos’ decision follows a ruling from a separate three-judge panel in San Antonio last month that found problems in Texas’ voting rights laws. The panel found that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities. The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature approved the maps in 2011, the same year then-Gov. Rick Perry signed a voter ID law.

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