Vail Daily letter: The court agreed
August 9, 2015
On Aug. 2, my commentary dealt with how severe voter registration laws were biased against citizens who couldn't afford forms of identity Texas law requires.
Some Texans testily responded to my commentary with letters printed in the Vail Daily. They are convinced one of the toughest registration laws in the nation in the Lone Star state is warranted to control voter fraud.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th District in New Orleans doesn't believe them. The court ruled, on this past Aug. 5, eve of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, that the 2011 Texas law then-Gov. Rick Perry signed carries a "discriminatory effect" and violates the federal Voting Rights Act. Last year, a Texas federal judge equated it with poll taxes in the Jim Crow era.
Most Texans who visit the Vail Valley are decent citizens who want to obey the laws of the land. The others who complain about my commentary are now forced to obey them.
Jack Van Ens
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