Friday, May 02, 2008

More on the Supreme Court & Voting Rights

Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

From Adam Cohen in the Times:

It is chilling to think that state legislators and election officials would intentionally try to make it harder for Americans to vote, but they always have — with poll taxes, literacy tests and gerrymandering. There was a time when the Supreme Court regularly struck these restrictions down. In 1966, it held Virginia’s $1.50 poll tax unconstitutional. In 1972, it ruled that Tennessee’s one-year residency requirement for voting violated the Constitution.

Now the Supreme Court has switched sides. This week, it upheld a harsh Indiana voter ID law that could disenfranchise many poor, elderly and student voters. The ruling will make it even easier for other states to block voters’ access to the ballot box.

Can anyone answer this for me: what civil rights are more important than the right to vote?

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