The legal battle over the state’s controversial new voter ID law is just beginning.
But the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who include people who have applied for voter IDs under the new law, say it’s not just about the law.
It’s about their right to vote.
The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Louisiana, seeks to block the law as unconstitutional, arguing it unfairly targets African Americans and other minorities.
The plaintiffs are African Americans, Latinos and other people of color who don’t have a birth certificate, but don’t appear to meet the strict requirements for voting.
“The purpose of the law is to disenfranchise the citizens of this state, and I am very proud of that,” said Richard J. Clough, an attorney representing the plaintiffs.
The law’s challengers argue that people who don