4 Takeaways From the Last Kemp-Abrams Debate Before Election Day
At the last debate before the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats took on the Kemp-Abrams race over education.
1) Voter ID laws have disenfranchised Democrats by closing access to the ballot box.
2) Voter ID laws discriminate against non-citizens.
3) Voter ID laws are a tool to disenfranchise young voters, especially the non-citizen population.
3 Takeaways From the Last Kemp-Abrams Debate Before Election Day
The last debate before the 2018 midterm elections featured Donald Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich debating the merits of voter ID laws.
While Democrats took the offensive, Republicans took the defensive.
And here are my three takeaways from the debate:
1. Voter ID Laws Violate the 14th Amendment
It’s not a stretch to say that voter ID laws violate the 14th Amendment. When a state deprives citizens of their right to vote, that is, when it closes the ballot box, it violates the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
It is the law.
And voters in California and Texas were told as much by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court has said it is the law in the states that implement such laws.
And while we’re on the topic, we should note that the U.S. Supreme Court has not said such laws violate the 14th Amendment. In fact, the Supreme Court has upheld such laws.
But California and Texas are fighting over what is their right and they cannot. The two states can’t close the ballot box by enacting laws.
What happened to them is beyond the scope of what was heard Tuesday night. But what will happen when the U.S. Supreme Court is asked to weigh in again on that question?
The case is on hold.
The voter ID laws in question, Proposition 1, were approved by California voters in 2012 and implemented by California in 2015.
The Supreme Court said those laws passed with sufficient legal