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Voter ID Laws In Multiple States Struck Down

Ashley Yang |
October 10, 2014 | 4:57 p.m. PDT

Web Producer

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(Theresa Thompson/Creative Commons)
The Supreme Court blocked a Wisconsin voter ID law Thursday night, after its opponents claimed that they would cause "chaos" at the polls since the ballot forms that had already been mailed out to voters did not state that they needed to bring identification. The ruling overturned an appellate court's decision from September and was opposed by conservatives Justices Alito, Scalia, and Thomas. 

A lower federal court struck down a 2011 Texas voter ID law that same night, determining that the statute "creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote" and has an "impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans." The court also referred to the law as an "unconstitutional poll tax." 

The decisions are a victory for those who have heavily opposed voter ID laws, on the grounds that they disproportionately suppress the minority vote under an exaggerated belief that voter fraud is a widespread problem.

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