Skip to comments.Feds: One in 14 Texas Adults Has no Photo I.D. (NAACP's Eric Holder meeting requires photo ID)
Posted on 07/10/2012 2:48:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
Lawyers for several groups which are opposing the state's voter i.d bill have raised their estimate of how many otherwise eligible Texas voters would not be able to cast ballots if the law were implemented, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Westfall, representing the Justice Department, told a federal appeals court panel in Washington that 'as many as 1.4 million people' lack the appropriate government issued i.d. needed to vote under the Texas law.
That is up from the 600,000 people that Attorney General Eric Holder said would be 'disenfranchised' if the law is implemented.
Westfall gave no figures to back up her claim that one in 14 Texas adults doesn't have a driver's license or other form of government issued photo i.d. and would be unable to obtain one, despite the fact that the law requires the Department of Public Safety to provide photo i.d. voter cards for free.
Adam Mortara, who is representing the state of Texas, told the appeals court panel that voter i.d. 'is the will of the people' and he said both Democratic and Republican voters in Texas are pushing for some form of security and accountability at the ballot box. Mortara pointed out that several other states have implemented voter i.d. laws and there is no evidence that large numbers of voters have been disenfranchised by them. He pointed out that Indiana's voter i.d. law, which is nearly identical to Texas', has been approved by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Holder threw out the Texas voter i.d. law, exercising his power under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which requires that nine southern states with a history of 'voter suppression' receive pre-clearance for any election law changes from the Justice Department. Indiana's voter i.d. law was implemented because Justice Department pre clearance is not required in Indiana.
Holder will receive a friendly welcome today when he addresses the national convention of the NAACP in Houston. NAACP President Ben Jealous has already compared voter i.d. laws to 'Selma and Montgomery,' a reference to the vicious anti black laws which were approved in southern states in the fifties and early sixties, and which led to violent civil rights confrontations in Alabama.
Ironically, the Justice Department says reporters who want to cover Holder's speech today in which he will decry the discriinatory and racist nature of requiring photo i.d.---have to first show a photo i.d. before they'll be allowed into the auditorium.
JUSTICE DEPARMTENT REQUEST FOR COVERAGE:
UPDATE: ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER TO DELIVER REMARKS TOMORROW TO
NAACP NATIONAL CONVENTION
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver remarks at the NAACP National Convention during the plenary session on TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. EDT/11:30 a.m. CDT.
WHO: Attorney General Eric Holder
WHAT: Remarks at the NAACP National Convention
WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
12:30 p.m. EDT/
11:30 a.m. CDT
WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
1 in 14 are ILLEGAL ALLIENS OR DEAD PEOPLE. that is the heart of the Democrat party!
Why would they be unable to obtain one?
That's the elephant in the room that the DOJ doesn't want to face.
Just announce on Radio and TV,Free Cheese tommorrow on Main St. When the entire Population turns out give them IDs
They’ve double this from their previous unsubstantiated claim of 600,000 adults.
Exactly. Note they stay away from the C-word (CITIZEN).
Then one in fourteen Texas adults should obtain a photo ID.
If they are too confined or can’t be bothered to obtain an ID, I can’t imagine that person would bother to vote.
If the ID-less want to vote, there’s plenty of time before elections.
Stop catering to laziness. If they can get out to vote, they darn well can get out to get an ID.
Well I guess if they want to vote, they'd better get busy.
Next week it will be 3 million.
How many LEGAL American Citizens, living in Texas, don't have a valid photo ID.
I thought the government could solve any problem. Shouldn’t assisting issue ID cards to these people be a cinch?
Especially since most of these people are already attached to the government teet on a regular basis.
Illegal alien population is probably closer to 2-3 in 14 in Texas. Notice this says adults, not citizens. Wonder why?
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING
Every member of the media covering this event knows this and almost none of them consider the hypocrisy to be newsworthy.
And these same Obamatrons are going to moderate the debates this fall.
There are illegal citizens who have obtained falsified valid photo IDs from corrupt figures working within the DPS offices taking bribes. It is a national scandal in each state that no one wishes to address.
Some who’ve been caught in such conspiracies have even been murdered.
But the IDs are genuine state driver’s licenses.
By the time Joe Biden chimes in it will be ‘billions’ of voters without picture ID. Since these numbers are completely divorced from reality, and factual corroboration is not necessary, the Dim’s can just make the number whatever they wish.
They have four months to get that ID. What’s the problem?
Given estimates that around 10% of Texan kids have an illegal alien parent, I’d believe that 5-10% of the people in the state are illegal aliens.
A government-issued ID, with a photograph, can only hurt them because each time they are arrested they will be identified and their crimes will stack up.