In a month of painful news in Texas, the US, and the world, small flickers of good news can sometimes be lost. Mother Jones reports good news for voting rights in Texas as the law establishing onerous restrictions on IDs accepted for voting is overturned by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. While the case may yet be taken to the US Supreme Court, for the November 2016 election, at least, voter suppression in Texas will be reduced.
“But whatever comes next for the Texas case,” MJ writer Delphine D’Amora says:
the plaintiffs’ yearslong, million-dollar fight against SB 14 represents a new norm in the battle over voting rights. Without federal oversight, it is now up to civil society organizations to monitor the bills working their way through statehouses around the country and to fund suits against questionable laws.
As good as this news may be, it is a sobering reminder that the right to vote can be taken from us in so simple a way as making the act of voting an onerous burden. We should, I believe, be mindful of just how vulnerable this fundamental right is, even in America, and protect it with all our available resources. More than that, we should use it!