Skip to comments.Texas Gains National Spotlight in Voter ID Law Debate
Posted on 07/18/2012 10:56:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
The debate over laws requiring a photo ID to vote has been contentious lately, to say the least. Texas recently became the next state to be thrust into the conversation. Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus within the Texas House of Representatives, traveled to the nations Capitol recently to argue against voter ID laws.
His reasoning was based on an absurd observation, claiming that the lack of transportation posed a serious problem for many individuals. In West Texas, some people would have a 200-mile round-trip drive to the nearest state office to get a card, he exclaimed.
This sentiment was echoed by Attorney General Eric last week at the NAACP Convention in Houston. Under the Texas law, many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them.
Once again, we are hearing an irrational argument against Voter ID laws in the false pretense of protecting minorities. The underlying notion is that the poor and minorities are either ignorant of how to access public transportation or that they are too indolent to go acquire an ID. If there were a problem with transportation issues, it should be addressed by the local and state governments of Texas. It is not a matter of where the Department of Justice should intervene or draw any kind of conclusion.
I have never heard of complaints of not being able to locate the Department of Motor Vehicles or any other place that would produce a valid identification card.
It is true that many poor and minority individuals access public transportation. It is guides them in their day-today activities such as grocery shopping, doctor appointments, educational trips, etc. To simply imply that this would be an hindrance in getting a photo ID is simply arrogant and asinine. Are white people the only ones smart enough to travel through the right avenues in purchasing an ID? To poor and minorities automatically have to have a spokesperson to interpret what they think and how they feel? Why is it so easy to invoke the race card in an issue that is not complicated but will benefit anyone who wants to vote? Why is voter fraud being tolerated? These are just some basic questions that will pierce right through the liberal lefts ideology concerning this important matter.
Catherine Englebrecht, a Houston native, founded the non-partisan group True The Vote after the 2008 elections, in which there were over 23,000 invalid voter registration forms turned in by ACORN workers in Harris County, TX, alone.
Examining seven congressional districts the group found that four that were overwhelmingly Republican and three that predominantly consisted of Democratic voters. The four GOP districts had an estimate from 1,973 to 3,300 instances with six or more people registered to one street address and the large Democratic districts themselves had outstanding varying numbers between them in the number of cases with six or more registered voters at one address. The first consisted of 7,560, the second had 8,981, and the third had 19,596 instances with six or more voters registered at one address.
Voter fraud is a reality, not some kind of fantasy election scheme created to cause a racial or partisan division. We need more people like Catherine and True the Vote to combat these atrocities, or the freedom to vote will become a nightmare for all.
Anyone notice the same thing I did here?
Much more significant issue, because there is more potential for this affect the outcome of an election than any possible disenfranchisement that might occur from voter ID laws (and studies have shown that any disenfranchisement would have minor effects, if any, at best on election outcomes).