Texans know that identification at the polls is essential to combat the problem of voter fraud. Texas Democrats need voter fraud to get elected.
Texas’ Voter ID goes on trial in Washington, D.C. today and is expected to go on all week. Democrats know that their election success would be hurt because voters lacking proper ID would vote Democratic. Voter fraud is the foundation of liberal fascism.
Voter ID protects the integrity of elections and protects everyone’s right to cast a valid ballot. The only reason not to have photo voter ID is to encourage, foster and protect voter fraud. See Chicago, home of Barack Hussein Obama for details.
Under the 2011 law, everyone who votes in person must show a government-issued photo card: military ID, driver’s license, U.S. citizenship certificate that has a photo, U.S. passport, concealed-handgun license or voter card from the Department of Public Safety, which is free. Disabled voters are exempted, and mail-in ballots don’t require an ID.
The main issue before a three-judge panel (Appeals Court Judge David Tatel and District Judges Rosemary Collyer and Robert Wilkins) is whether the law complies with Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Section 5 of the federal law requires Texas and several other jurisdictions to get electoral changes like this reviewed to ensure they don’t prevent anyone from voting based on race, color or language differences. Texas sued the Justice Department in January to get approval, but the federal court held off ruling until the department studied the law.
In March, the Eric Holder Department of Justice (DOJ) declined to pre-clear the ID requirement. DOJ says that more than 600,000 registered voters lack a driver’s license or ID card provided by the Department of Public Safety and a that disproportionate share are Hispanic. So why don’t they have a valid ID? Because those persons illegally present in the United States can’t get a voter ID because they are not eligible to vote.
The department said that making free DPS cards available wasn’t enough because 81 of the state’s 254 counties don’t have DPS offices and only 49 of the 221 offices stay open late or on weekends. Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanics to lack convenient transportation. Seriously? You have to have a photo ID to get food stamps and every other form of government assistance. You can’t get on an airplane or have a bank account or even cash your government assistance check or any other check without a valid photo ID.
My 84 year old dad not longer drives. He still has his expired drivers license but he couldn’t open up another bank account without a valid photo ID. He obtained a valid Georgia ID card and less than an hour later, he opened up the bank account.
If you can get to the polling place, you can get a free government issued photo ID. In fact, the 600,000 registered voters that Holder is lying about, already have valid photo ID’s. Everyone knows this is about Democrats encouraging voter fraud.
The court will look at evidence dealing with the potential impact on Hispanic and black voters, who vote overwhelmingly for, you guessed it, DemocRATS.
Texas officials want to have the ID mandate in place for the November general election, when the ballot will include the presidency, a U.S. Senate seat and 36 spots in the U.S. House, plus major state and local offices.
In a brief, the state argued that the law “was not enacted with the purpose of disenfranchising minority voters, and there is not even a suggestion that the state would administer those laws in a racially biased manner.”
State Attorney General Abbott went further, arguing that if the law doesn’t stand because it might disproportionately harm minorities, then Section 5 exceeds Congress’ power under the Constitution.
In May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is overwhelmingly Democrat, upheld Section 5 in a suit filed by Shelby County, Ala.
This is a trial worth watching.
Southern states have argued that Section 5 is a violation of states’ rights. Texas has charged that Obama’s Justice Department lead by Eric Holder who is being held in criminal contempt by Congress, has manipulated its powers under the Voting Rights Act to benefit Democrats.
“Instead of attacking Texas for enforcing the law, the Department of Justice should learn from the Lone Star State and focus its resources on protecting the integrity of the electoral system nationwide,” said Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Humble, a former state district judge in Harris County.
Thirty-one states require voters to show identification at the polls, including 15 that require photo ID. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of states to require identification cards in a 2008 Indiana case, but the Justice Department has rebuffed laws in two states covered by the Voting Rights Act, Texas and South Carolina. New ID laws in Mississippi and Florida are awaiting Justice Department action.
While the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks voter ID laws, reports there is little evidence to bolster claims of voter fraud or discrimination, Abbott cites 50 election fraud convictions in Texas and more than 100 defendants prosecuted by the Department of Justice in the past decade.
“I know for a fact that voter fraud is real, that it must be stopped, and that voter ID is one way to prevent cheating at the ballot box and ensure integrity in the electoral system,” Abbott said in an interview. “It’s time for politics to be put aside and allow the Texas voter ID law to be put into effect, just like similar laws that exist across the country.”
The current legal battle is the 24th time Texas has sued the federal government since Abbott took office in 2004. The disputes have ranged from environmental enforcement to education mandates. Texas Gov. Rick Perry made states’ rights a central plank in his platform during his unsuccessful 2012 campaign for president.
Texas’ legal challenge has drawn strong opposition from civil rights leaders, who argue that the Texas law was designed to reduce voting participation by minorities, young voters and the elderly, who are less likely to have acceptable identification cards. They note that the law was written to allow voters to use a concealed gun permit as an acceptable form of identification, but not ID cards from universities or colleges.
“Texas’s discriminatory photo ID measure demonstrates why, in the face of persisting obstacles for minority voters, the Voting Rights Act is still necessary,” said Natasha Korgaonkar, an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which is representing African American students from Texas Southern University and Prairie View, among others.
Texas State Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat, dismisses the law as a “purely political” move by Texas Republicans to disenfranchise Democratic voting groups. The law is “unnecessary,” he added, because proponents of the legislation “have never been able to provide widespread voter fraud.”
“It’s purely an electoral strategy for the Republican party to preserve their political power,” Castro said.
That’s Democrat talk for, we will lose votes and will have a more difficult time being elected unless we continue to facilitate voter fraud. Wake up America!