クルスはフラニータ・トルソンに尋ねた, the vice dean for faculty and academic affairs and a law professor at the University of Southern California, if she found voter ID laws racist.
After Tolson responded that it “依存します,” Cruz asked specifically, “What voter ID laws are racist?”
“Apologies Mr. クルス, your state of Texas, 多分,” Tolson responded.
Texas has among the strictest voting laws in the country, and the state has been subject to national scrutiny in recent weeks after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that bans 24-hour and drive-thru voting, 郵送投票用紙に新しいハードルを課し、党派の世論調査ウォッチャーに力を与える.
The state’s voter ID law
, which passed in
2011 and went into effect in
2013 after the Supreme Court’s
5-4 decision in シェルビー郡v. 保有者
, required voters to present government-issued photo IDs
, such as a state driver’s license
, a Texas election identification certificate
, a US passport or a military identification card
Supporters said requiring photo IDs before casting a vote would prevent voter fraud. Critics, しかしながら, argued the law disenfranchised poor and minority voters, who face difficulties obtaining IDs.
A federal court had blocked the measure during the
2016 選挙, but lawmakers put in place a second measure
— 上院法案 5 — that allowed voters who had no photo ID to vote by signing a declaration and providing supporting documentation
Asked by Cruz on Wednesday what made Texas’ voter ID law racist, Tolson responded: “The fact that the voter ID law was put into place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent.”
Beyond Texas, Republican-controlled states across the country have seized on former President Donald Trump’s lies about widespread voter fraud and clamped down on access to the ballot box this year. Already, フロリダ, Georgia and other states have enacted new restrictive voting laws.
Passing new voting legislation in Congress will almost certainly require altering filibuster rules
, since Democrats
’ slim majority in the Senate isn’t enough to overcome GOP opposition
— and it’s not clear Democrat have the votes to pass a bill anyway
. 先週, 上院民主党議員 proposed new legislation to overhaul voting laws after months of discussions to get all
50 of their members behind a single bill
, and the new proposal is expected to come up for a procedural vote soon