Monday, April 28, 2008

I Hate the Supreme Court

Today the US Supreme Court voted in favor of a voter making voters have identification, something that will prevent some voters from casting their ballots. From TAPPED:
The key problem with the decision to uphold the statute is summed up in Souter's dissent: "a State may not burden the right to vote merely by invoking abstract interests, be they legitimate, see ante, at 7–13, or even compelling, but must make a particular, factual showing that threats to its interests outweigh the particular impediments it has imposed. The State has made no such justification here, and as to some aspects of its law, it has hardly even tried."

The could not find a single example in Indiana history of the kind of fraud the statute is meant to address. However, the Supreme Court sited, this is serious, the kind of vote rigging that occurred under Boss Tweed in 1868 New York (those of you who have seen Gangs of New York may remember Boss Tweed from the film). As Dave Berry says "I am not making this up".
From Slate:
For the first proposition, what does the opinion cite? Only this: An anecdote about in-person voter impersonation allegedly orchestrated by Boss Tweed in 1868. And for the second -- occasional "recent" examples? Justice Stevens tips his hat to the Brennan Center's showing that "much of" the evidence of such fraud "was actually absentee ballot fraud or voter registration fraud." Nevertheless, he states that "there remain scattered instances of in-person voter fraud." The evidence for this? That in the 2004 Washington gubernatorial election, a partial investigation confirmed that one voter committed in-person voting fraud.

This ruling sets the bar for voter suppression laws ridiculously low. Thank you Supreme Court.
Even more outrageous the court also recently upheld death by a three-drug cocktail, a procedure we wouldn't use to kill a dog. The ground provided was that something is not "cruel and unusual" unless it is expressly designed to be so. 
The horror.
(Posted by Ewan)

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