Why the Supreme Court is allowing Texas to hold an unconstitutional election

Once again, the high court has joined with conservative state lawmakers to restrict minority voting

Early voting, 2014
(Image credit: (AP Photo/Eric Gay))

This weekend, the Supreme Court allowed Texas to apply new, stringent voting restrictions to the upcoming midterm elections, which could potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters lacking proper identification. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained in a short but brilliant dissent, this is a disaster for the citizens of Texas: the upcoming elections will be conducted under a statute that is unconstitutional on multiple levels.

How could this happen?

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