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Stringent Texas voter ID law means changes at Texas polls
Pegusas News - DFW ^ | August 24, 2011 | Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune

Posted on 08/24/2011 12:35:33 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Will it suppress the vote, as minority groups and Democrats allege? Or will it restore integrity and increase the state's abysmal turnout at the polls, as those who champion the measure say it will?

Beginning in 2012, voters will be required to show a valid photo ID in order to cast a ballot. Gov. Rick Perry designated the legislation, which passed as Senate bill 14, by state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, as an emergency item. During the 2009 session, the voter ID bill came close to derailing the final weeks of the 81st Legislature as House Democrats engaged in the stall tactic called "chubbing" — debating minor bills in an effort to stall the calendar from advancing — to ensure the measure did not come up for a vote. After last year’s election gave Republicans a 101 to 49 advantage in the House, however, the bill was virtually assured to make it to Perry’s desk.

The new measure means most Texans will have to show an allowed form of identification to vote in any local, state or national election. These include a state-issued ID card or a driver’s license, a military ID, a concealed hand gun license issued by the Department of Public Safety, a passport, or a state-issued election identification certificate. The latter is a free ID issued to a person who requests it specifically for the purpose of voting.

Most of the bills passed this previous session take effect next month, as do a number of provisions in the voter ID bill. The actual photo requirement, however, goes into effect in January after lawmakers decided the state should allot additional time to educate voters about the bill’s requirements.

So what happens next month? Several outreach and education directives begin that are intended to explain to the public what the law does and what voters will need in order to cast a ballot. County voter registrars, for example, are directed to supply the new requirements with each voter registration issued or renewed. The Texas Secretary of State and any county registrar that maintains a website must provide notice of the ID requirements and election clerks will undergo training related to the acceptance and handling of identification.

It’s still unclear what happens after that. Whenever the state Legislature passes a measure that affects voting or changes the mechanisms by which a Texan casts a ballot, a provision of the federal Voting Rights Act allows the U.S. Department of Justice or the federal courts to review the law. That process is pending. The Texas Secretary of State filed its request for pre-clearance with the Department of Justice last month, and a response is expected in September. If the department rules that the bill will not adversely affect voter turnout, opponents of the measure are likely to file litigation to halt the measure.

Web resources:

The Texas Secretary of State Elections website

Texas Department of Public Safety's page on Lawful Presence Requirements needed to obtain an ID.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; electionfraud; electionphotoid; elections; vote; voterfraud; voterid
You register. You show up. You present photo ID. You vote.

I think GA is getting an anal Vote ID exam and I expect TX will to and no doubt Wisconsin new voter ID law will be challenged. The 1965 Voting Rights Act has been allowed to remain in effect as a way to "punish" states that were deemed to have had past discriminatory voting practices. Now they use it to ball things up in LIBERAL activist courts. Though Black Panthers are not challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice for their blatant voter intimidation at the polls.

1 posted on 08/24/2011 12:35:41 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: LongElegantLegs

Texas ping.


2 posted on 08/24/2011 12:37:36 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When the ID requirement is put into practice, the State goes GOP!

Fraud is cut down immensely!

3 posted on 08/24/2011 12:38:15 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Voter ID is racist because it keeps illegals from voting, and many illegals come from Central and South America. :)


4 posted on 08/24/2011 12:42:55 PM PDT by 10thAmendmentGuy ("[Drug] crusaders cannot accept the fact that they are not God." -Thomas Sowell)
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To: fortheDeclaration
When the ID requirement is put into practice, the State goes GOP!

Fraud is cut down immensely!

But you repeat yourself...

5 posted on 08/24/2011 12:43:58 PM PDT by null and void (Day 943 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: 10thAmendmentGuy
Voter ID is racist because it keeps illegals from voting, and many illegals come from Central and South America. :)

Can we keep the US from being re-made in the image and likeness of a banana republic? We may not have much time left.

6 posted on 08/24/2011 12:48:21 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Stringent??

What is stringent about only allowing legal citizens to vote?


7 posted on 08/24/2011 12:51:58 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

>> Will it suppress the vote, as minority groups and Democrats allege?

You dad gum right it’ll suppress the vote!

In some areas, I expect it’ll cut the vote by HALF or more — from two or more votes per ‘rat voter, down to one.


8 posted on 08/24/2011 12:52:59 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Will it supress the vote?"

We want to supress the votes... of illegal aliens.

9 posted on 08/24/2011 12:52:59 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: null and void

Hell I’m wondering what took Texas so long. Jenny Granholm signed our voter ID law several years ago. It spent another half dozen years in court but seems to be working fine.

Obama won one since the law but he was a special case that brought the slugs out from under the rocks to vote. This last midterm was a slaughter that left few democrats standing. We took the governor’s mansion Attorney general, Secretary of state, two supreme court seats, both houses of the state legislature and two US house seats.


10 posted on 08/24/2011 1:05:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: fortheDeclaration; All
When the ID requirement is put into practice, the State goes GOP!

It took 6 years to get this bill to Perry's desk to sign. But now that Texas has a GOP super majority, a lot more can get done.

Some history.

Rick Perry started as a Democrat in West Texas (that was THE only party). He served in the Texas legislature - was known as one of the "pit bulls," conservative members who sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee and bitterly fought spending increases.

Perry changed parties in 1989, joining Phil Gramm and other conservative Texas Democrats, who now had a true ideological party with a burgeoning Texas GOP.

When Perry campaigned for Lt. Gov. [1998], he and his campaign staff were in it to win and his hard-nosed style was against the "friendly" advice and request of GWB [in re-election bid for Texas Gov] and Rove to run easy against Sharp, a popular democrat (and Aggie friend of Perry's from their A&M years together). Rove wanted to broaden Bush's base for his upcoming White House run. Perry told them where to stick their advice, because he knew the voters would vote for Bush for Gov. and then cross back over and vote for Sharp (D) for Lt. Gov, if he just walked through the motions like the Bush-Rove team asked him to do.

Perry won the seat for Lt. Gov. -- the first Republican elected to that office since Reconstruction. Now 13 years later and into his 3rd term as Texas governor, the GOP holds a super majority. So Perry has earned his conservative spurs -- fighting both parties!

[The Bushes and Rove supported Kay Bailey Hutchison's primary challenge against Gov. Perry the 2010 election too]

11 posted on 08/24/2011 1:06:53 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Steely Tom

I love Voter ID but this article makes it sound like DOJ can sabotage this new law during its “review” phase.

At the top of Omoslem’s list is “Kill Voter ID.”

What’s to stop the filthy moslem?


12 posted on 08/24/2011 1:10:33 PM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: LyinLibs
I love Voter ID but this article makes it sound like DOJ can sabotage this new law during its “review” phase.

That's what their plan is.

13 posted on 08/24/2011 1:12:04 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: cripplecreek

It took Texas so long because it took getting a GOP super majority in the legislature to force this governor to get behind it.

Same reason we finally got some eminent domain reform out of this session, after Perry’s previous post-Kelo vetoes.

Helps to have a strong GOP legislature.


14 posted on 08/24/2011 1:13:30 PM PDT by Jedidah (I'll vote for an earthworm before I'll vote for Obama. So wiggle on in, Rick Perry.)
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To: Jedidah

We forced Granholm to sign a few things she didn’t like at all. LOL


15 posted on 08/24/2011 1:18:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

i lived in austin in 2004 and voted.

there were many complaints about illegal voting.


16 posted on 08/24/2011 1:40:54 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Presented my Texas CHL at our last bond election just for grins.


17 posted on 08/24/2011 1:41:07 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Hobbit Terrorist, hell-bent for leather.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Democrats say that it will suppress the vote count to ensure every vote cast is an honest vote.

I believe that once again they have not thought the implications of their message through before running their mouths.


18 posted on 08/24/2011 1:46:50 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Muslims who advocate, support, or carry out Jihad give the other 1% a bad name)
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To: Nervous Tick

>> Will it suppress the vote, as minority groups and Democrats allege?

But... but... but... what about all those poor disenfranchised dead people???


19 posted on 08/24/2011 2:33:10 PM PDT by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: jivin gene

>> But... but... but... what about all those poor disenfranchised dead people???

Relax. If a dead person can produce proper ID, they can vote too. ;-)


20 posted on 08/24/2011 2:45:06 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: cripplecreek
You know what this grand voter id law in Texas creates? Jobs. For the fraudulent ID and identity theft cottage industry that flourishes in every one of Texas' urban areas. It's another "I'm doing something about illegals" Perry whitewash.

Voter ID is a joke that's about as prevalent in Texas as the hordes of Mexican illegals doing cash and carry labor here.

21 posted on 08/24/2011 2:55:56 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: Nervous Tick
Relax. If a dead person can produce proper ID, they can vote too. ;)

“Little Bobby” Menendez of New Jersey is deeply sadden and when asked about this, “Granny” Lautenberg said “I don't like brussel sprouts”...

22 posted on 08/24/2011 3:06:56 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: GeronL
What is stringent about only allowing legal citizens to vote?

I too was thinking that as well. 'stringent'!? Actually funny.

23 posted on 08/24/2011 3:16:19 PM PDT by Ron H. (Loving my Deering Goodtime 2 Classic 5-stringer)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Discriminatory my azz. It’s discriminatory to legal voters to allow the illegal voting fraud to go on.

This is a first step. More needs to be done.
Don’t stop with just this.

Make it harder for those fake IDs and fake voters that
seem to come from nursing homes, cemeteries, and ACORN.


24 posted on 08/24/2011 3:40:33 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Rabid democRATS and 0bama the dictator own it all now.)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


25 posted on 08/24/2011 7:41:40 PM PDT by HiJinx ("The wealthy and satisfied do not migrate, they stagnate." ~ Louis L'Amour)
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To: 10thAmendmentGuy
Voter ID is racist because it keeps illegals from voting, and many illegals come from Central and South America. :)
Felons and dead people are dis-enfranchised too!
26 posted on 08/24/2011 10:04:23 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Would you consider perry an entrenched politician?
27 posted on 08/24/2011 11:19:38 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: MaxMax
Would you consider perry an entrenched politician?

Perry is an effective politician, one who has moved the needle to the right here in Texas and will do the same in D.C.

Rick Perry started as a Democrat in West Texas (essentially THE only party). He served in the Texas legislature - was known as one of the "pit bulls," conservative members who sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee and bitterly fought spending increases.

Perry changed parties in 1989, joining Phil Gramm and other conservative Texas Democrats, who now had a true ideological party with a burgeoning Texas GOP.

When Perry campaigned for Lt. Gov. [1998], he and his campaign staff were in it to win and his hard-nosed style was against the "friendly" advice and request of GWB [in re-election bid for Texas Gov] and Rove to run easy against Sharp, a popular democrat (and Aggie friend of Perry's from their A&M years together). Rove wanted to broaden Bush's base for his upcoming White House run. Perry told them where to stick their advice, because he knew the voters would vote for Bush for Gov. and then cross back over and vote for Sharp (D) for Lt. Gov, if he just walked through the motions like the Bush-Rove team asked him to do.

Perry won the seat for Lt. Gov. -- the first Republican elected to that office since Reconstruction. Now 13 years later and into his 3rd term as Texas governor, the GOP holds a super majority. So Perry has earned his conservative spurs -- fighting both parties!

[The Bushes and Rove supported Kay Bailey Hutchison's primary challenge against Gov. Perry the 2010 election too]

28 posted on 08/25/2011 12:35:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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