Voter ID Bill: Yes or No?

POSTED: Monday, March 1, 2010 - 6:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 12:20pm

TYLER - East Texas Representative Leo Berman says the next legislative session in January 2011, he wants to see the Voter ID Bill get passed on the floor.

Berman says Tommy Merritt and Chuck Hopson voted against the bill when proposed in April of 2007.

Berman says he doesn't understand why Hopson and Merritt both claim they are for the bill on their campaign ads.

The Voter ID Bill or House Bill 218 was drafted by Rep. Betty Brown of Athens.

76 representatives voted in a record setting in favor of the bill and 69 opposed.

The bill, if passed, would make someone show a picture ID before voting in an election.

Jessica Wilson / KETKnbc.com

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If u got nothing to hide, you'll hide from nothing. Card 'em.

Acording to the Atty. General of Texas web page, only 5 cases of voter fraud have been to trial or pled guilty to in Texas begining in 1948. NONE OF THESE CASES INVOLVED ILLEGALS VOTING IN ANY ELECTION. These cases involved illegally possessing and transporting election ballots of several voters,
four women allegedly targeted elderly voters in a local school board elections going door-to-door soliciting votes and then taking ballots and carrier envelopes to the post office,
County commissioner pleaded guilty to illegally collecting mail-in ballots ,Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office obtained indictments against nine people in connection with the McAllen city election ,Six decades ago, the votes "found" in Jim Wells County's infamous Ballot Box 13 helped squeak Lyndon Johnson into the U.S. Senate.

Must have been Democrats. Don wasn't adamant about pointing out they were Republican.

LOL....No John, the Republican Atty. General did not put that info out and the only politicians name that was mentioned was Lyndon Johnson so I guess the others were Republicans given the dates of the offenses and counties inwhich they occured. I could not say if these cases were Republican or Democrat except for the 1948 case being Democrat.

Few voter ID fraud cases found in Texas

10:39 AM CDT on Wednesday, April 8, 2009
By TERRENCE STUTZ / The Dallas Morning News
tstutz@dallasnews.com
AUSTIN – Supporters and opponents of voter identification legislation in the House agreed on one thing Tuesday – that documented cases of voter impersonation in Texas are hard to find.
Republicans said "We can't prove there is voter ID fraud.

I also went buy the drivers lic. office and asked for a free voters state I.D. and was told that the State I.D. was not free.
KETK IS TELLING A LIE TO THE PEOPLE AGAIN.

jonathanbaker, you must not have kept up with acorn here on KETK 56.THIS STORY
ACORN 'dissolved as a national structure'
was ran on February 22,2010

The Democrats oppose voter ID laws because the Democrats are the party behind ACORN. Who are these Adult people without some valid form of State ID? How do they function from day to day?

here is one for you jonathanbaker ACORN workers cleared over illegal advice given. Guess it was NOT ILLEGAL AND ACORN DID NOTHING WRONG.

I have to agree with don right up to the last sentence. It does raise Constitutional questions. The intent is to prevent illegals from voting, but it won't work. Their use of stolen ID's and with the push to let illegals get licenses and the right to vote makes the law useless.
P.S. the wealthiest in America tend to vote Democrat as do the poorest. It's the middle-class that tends to vote Republican.

Why not? Positive I.D. is a requsite for a majority of daily activities. I did not hear any complaints when I.D. restrictions were placed on our second amendment rights. Maybe a seven day waiting period to vote?

SO IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A STATE ISSUED DRIVERS LIC. THEN THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU SPEND MONEY TO GET A STATE ISSUED I.D. OR A PASS PORT TO BE ABLE TO EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT AS A CITIZEN TO VOTE? SO THE STATE IS GOING TO CHARGE POOR PEOPLE TO VOTE?
WHY WASTE OUR TAX MONEY ON LAWS THAT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT WILL STRIKE IT DOWN.
IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO CREATE A HARDSHIP ON CITIZENS THAT WILL DENY THEM THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE.
OH, I FORGOT THAT THE REPUBLICANS ONLY WANT THE WEALTHY TO VOTE.

if you are a legal citizen that truly has the "right" to vote,you would already have some kind of i.d. or driver's license.until then,you don't have a "right" to vote......if you are poor, and you go to the corner store to buy cigarettes or alcohol or go down to get a welfare check,or food stamps...you have to have i.d.,if you are here illegally...then you have no right to vote.....

I have to have a Driver's License No. for a lot of business transactions, so why not one for voting? Unless there could be some ulterior motive. Hmmm!

Hopson and Merritt are typical politicians. Voting against the bill and then saying they are for the bill in campaign ads. They don't believe the people will check on their voting records. I do.

A photo ID is required for all kinds of transactions and should be in order to vote.

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