Voter ID law rejected
POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:00am
The Texas Voter Identification law has been rejected by the Justice Department.
The two sides see this issue very differently.
But the law is simple.
If you want to vote, you must prove who you are.
So, how can that be a problem?
The argument from those opposed to Voter ID is just as simple.
It is aimed at suppressing votes.
But proponents like Attorney General Greg Abbott say, the aim is preventing voter fraud.
So how much fraud is there?
Abbott says there have been 50 conviction in Texas for voter fraud in the last 10 years, and 100 prosecutions nationwide.
But critics of Voter ID say 10% of voters lack photo ID. Among blacks it’s 25%, and Latinos it’s 15%. Both groups tend to vote Democratic.
Ana Fuggins of the Hispanic Center of East Texas, though, has no problem.
And, she isn’t worried about illegals trying to vote either.
But she does warn anyone who is legal, but not a citizen, not to try it.
That would disqualify you from seeking citizenship.
And Abbott has taken another tack.
He filed a lawsuit in Washington before a 3-judge panel seeking pre-clearance from that court.
That is the same tactic he employed on redistricting.
He hopes it’s more successful this time.
He says, the Supreme Court has already approved some Voter ID laws, and ours may end up there.