As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated part of the Voting Right’s Act, several states shot out of the blocks like Usain Bolt with new, restrictive voting laws. These laws will get their first test at how well the suppress the vote. Given some of the prominent names in Texas who have been caught up in their law, I think Texas will show all the conservative-run states how to really suppress the vote.
- While early voting on Monday for the November 5th statewide ballot measure election, Sen. Wendy Davis had to sign an affidavit in accordance with Texas’ burdensome new voting restrictions.
- 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts was flagged for possible voter fraud because her driver’s license lists her maiden name as her middle name, while her voter registration form has her real middle name. This was the first time she has ever had a problem voting in 49 years.
- Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican who’s expected to get the party nod to face Sen. Wendy Davis next year, has to file an affidavit in order to vote because the law he championed almost disenfranchised him. In a twist of fate, his affidavit and vote is possible only because of an amendment added to the legislation by Sen. Davis.
- Former House Speaker Jim Wright was denied a voter ID card Saturday at a Texas Department of Public Safety office. The legendary Texas political figure says that he has worked things out with DPS and that he will get a state-issued personal identification card in time for him to vote Tuesday in the state and local elections.
I don’t understand how a party can claim to be about personal responsibility, individual success, less regulation, and all that other crap and not blink an eye at infringing on the rights of their fellow citizens. If you really want people to get off welfare and become responsible citizens, you don’t make it hard as hell to become civic participants in society. If you want people to be responsible parents, you don’t make them outsiders in their own country. And you definitely should not whine about government over regulation when you are the one doing the over regulating.
You would think this kind of stuff only happens in countries led by suppressive regimes or dictators. America is supposedly the land of opportunity, but we’re about to see opportunity denied on a scale not seen in 50 years. People have tried to focus on the racial aspect due to the VRA ruling from the SCOTUS. That view masks the true scope of what’s about to happen as you’re going to see married women, the elderly, and other groups also negatively impacted by these laws.
I wish there was a way to get a massive turnout campaign for Texas just to show how absurd their law is as written, but I know it’s too late for this coming Tuesday’s election. I have no problem with requiring people to show an ID to vote, and I have my own ideas of how we can assure secure voting while ensuring everyone that’s eligible can participate. When you do something as blatantly targeted as Texas has done (concealed carry ID is good for voting while a college ID is not), you tip your hand that you are not concerned about any fraud at all. Your primary focus is to limit the vote total for the opposing party to keep your grip on controlling the very government you consistently campaign against being broken. The sad part about all this is there are many people who believe this crap and keep voting them into office.
Hopefully, Texans will wake up on Wednesday and see the sham that was pulled on them and respond in an appropriate manner in the next election. That also applies to Kansas, North Carolina, and every other state that’s trying to keep eligible people from exercising their right to vote in this country.
- Texas voter ID law blocks aged, World War II veterans from voting (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- Greg Abbott Can Still Vote, Thanks to Wendy Davis (burntorangereport.com)
- State Sen. Wendy Davis has to sign affidavit to vote (star-telegram.com)
- Former House Speaker denied voter ID card in Texas after voting since 1944 (freakoutnation.com)
- Texas election shows impact of voter ID laws (washingtonpost.com)
- State Senator Leticia Van de Putte Also Forced to Sign Affidavit To Vote Under Photo Voter ID Law (burntorangereport.com)