Federal Judge Aleta Trauger decided on Thursday that the new law constructed by Tennessee legislators regarding voter restrictions will not go into effect by October 1 as lawmakers planned.
The law was a reaction against groups who come into an area, submit 100 or more voter applications that are not properly filled out and against outside the state poll watchers. It also means voter registration groups who pay workers according to quotas filled; if they enroll 100 or more voters and don’t complete state training; and if they fail to meet registration deadlines.
Sounds pretty reasonable.
Not to this Judge.
She called it a “punitive regulatory scheme.” The claims are that it will have a chilling effect on voter registration, particularly among minorities. It’s the same type of argument vomited up every time someone mentions the need for voter ID.
Trauger is a liberal judge appointed by Bill Clinton in 1998. Surprise, no?
Wikipedia says her most prominent case was “On March 14, 2014, Judge Trauger issued a preliminary injunction ordering Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples consummated out-of-state. In her ruling, Judge Trauger did not directly hold Tennessee’s ban unconstitutional, but stated that, ‘At some point in the future, likely with the benefit of additional precedent from circuit courts and, perhaps, the Supreme Court, the court will be asked to make a final ruling on the plaintiffs’ claims. At this point, all signs indicate that, in the eyes of the United States Constitution, the plaintiffs’ marriages will be placed on an equal footing with those of heterosexual couples and that proscriptions against same-sex marriage will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history.'” The Supreme Court gave it a thumbs up in 2015.
She also struck down a law that allowed Tennessee officials to revoke driver’s licenses for defendants who did not pay court costs.
No one elected her, but she’s inserting herself into our lives. Born in 1945 this judge must be 74 which means, we hope, she will soon declare retirement and let a Republican administration appoint someone with common sense to do her job.