Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked during a Senate hearing what voter identification laws were racist, and the witness told him Texas.
Senator Ted Cruz: What Voter ID Laws Are Racist?
Professor Franita Tolson: “Excuse me, Mr. Cruz, maybe your state of Texas.” pic.twitter.com/men5LnJgrg
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Senator Cruz asked which voter ID laws are racist.
Professor Franita Tolson replied, “Excuse me, Mr. Cruz, maybe your state of Texas?”
Cruz then tried to say that the professor had labeled the entire state of Texas racist and said, “I think sir. That’s pretty reductive. I’m not saying that all of your state of Texas is racist. ”She then went on to provide evidence by citing a federal district court ruling that found that Texas law was introduced to reduce the power of racist Latinos .
Cruz then tried to separate the racist and discriminatory intent of voter ID laws from presenting ID for voting, and it did as well as one would expect from a lawyer who has never argued in court.
Senate committee experts made it clear that not all voter ID laws are racist, but some voter ID laws are racist in nature and intended to target minorities.
Senator Cruz was unable to defend voter identification laws on his own. The intent of the law affects subsequent actions under the law. A racist law on the identification of voters means, for example, that people who do not meet the criteria of the law cannot vote, i.e. cannot go to the polls and show ID to vote. They were cut out and excluded from the electoral process.
The point of racist electoral laws is to downsize the electorate so that it is more difficult for people who are more likely to support Democrats to vote.
Red states pass racist electoral laws, so Democrats must act at the federal level to protect the right to vote.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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