…but a correct rationale, also.
US District Judge Henry Hudson upheld Virginia’s voter ID law that requires prospective voters to show a State-approved photo ID before they vote. In response to the Democratic Party’s (it was the plaintiff, of course) claim that the law was politically motivated, Hudson held in part
The court’s mission is to judge not the wisdom of the Virginia voter ID law, but rather its constitutionality[.]
Hear, hear. Hudson went on:
While the merits of this voter identification law, and indeed all aspects of Virginia’s voting regime, can be reasonably debated, it remains true that Virginia has created a scheme of laws to accommodate all people in their right to vote[.]
Indeed. Such a debate is important to be held, in all of our States. But the debate is a political one, to be held among the citizens of each State and their elected representatives in their legislatures and governor’s mansions. It is outside the realm of our courts to conduct political debates.
Still, the cynicism persists.
Lawyers representing the state Democratic Party said in a filing that the Republican-dominated state legislature passed the photo ID law “to stall, if not reverse, the growing success of the Democratic Party in Virginia.”
Not at all. The suit is nothing other than a disingenuous effort by the Democratic Party to wage lawfare in an attempt to stall, if not reverse, the growing success of protections for the sanctity of each citizen’s vote in Virginia, a sanctity at risk from voter fraud.