Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a blistering dissent on Saturday morning to a Texas court’s decision to uphold the state’s strict Voter ID law. Ginsburg argued that the law is “racially discriminatory” and was enacted solely to keep traditionally Democratic constituencies away from the polls.
Huffington Post reported that Ginsburg was joined in the dissent by fellow justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote in her dissent.
Texas Fifth Circuit Court ruled that it is too close to the beginning of early voting to repeal the law, which is among the strictest in the nation. Ginsburg slapped that argument down, writing, “In any event, there is little risk that the District Court’s injunction will in fact disrupt Texas’ electoral process. Texas need only reinstate the voter identification procedures it employed for ten years (from 2003 to 2013) and in five federal general elections.”
The state’s Voter ID law, she said, was “enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose and would yield a prohibited discriminatory result.”
Read the entirety of Bader-Ginsburg’s dissent here [PDF]