3:35pm ET - In 2011, the
Republican Governor of Texas, James ‘Rick’ Perry signed one of the nation’s
strictest voter ID laws, which requires voters to show one of seven types of photo
identification. Concealed handgun licenses are allowed, but college student IDs
are not, nor are driver’s licenses that have been expired for more than sixty
days. The law has since been the subject
of an extensive legal battle, with a federal court finding it unconstitutional
earlier this month, but then the Supreme
Court rejected an emergency request to put the law on hold for the upcoming
election, to which Justice Ginsburg authored a blistering dissent, calling the
law an "unconstitutional poll tax.” The ruling marked the first time in 32
years that the Supreme Court allowed a law restricting voting rights to be
implemented after a federal court ruled it unconstitutional for targeting
minorities. Joining us today to talk
about the law and discuss some of the stories concerning voter suppression
coming out of the Lone Star State as a result of this law is Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post. You can also follow Ryan on twitter.
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