Texas Voter ID Hearings Began Today


“The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter identification laws are constitutional,” said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. “Texas should be allowed the same authority other states have to protect the integrity of elections.”

Texas passed a law requiring Texas voters to present photo ID at the polls to stop what they believe has become a culture of election fraud. It conforms to federal law but we know that after the Arizona ruling that means nothing to this federal government.

Texas is one of the states that is subject to an outdated 1965 voting law that was meant to protect minorities who were kept from voting during the civil rights era. This law was used by President Obama back in March to block the Texas Voter ID law.

The DOJ claims that Voter ID laws disenfranchise minority voters who do not have ID’s and apparently do not have the wherewithal to get one. One of the complaints is that students would no longer be able to use their college ID’s. Aside from the fact that student ID’s can be easily altered, why can’t these students go down to DMV and get a photo ID? Maybe there is something wrong when our young college students aren’t expected to do something as simple as this.

This is the first voter ID law case to hit the courts and challenge the federal government’s power to block such a law.

A three-judge panel in U.S. District court in D.C. is hearing the case. Texas hopes the Supreme Court of the United States will eventually hear the case and rule that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is no longer useful.

Eighty-six percent of Texans agree with the law but that didn’t stop President Obama from blocking the law in March using the antiquated 1965 law to do it.

Texans believe they have a problem with voter fraud.

“Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice has prosecuted more than 100 defendants for election fraud. During the same period, election fraud investigations by the Texas Attorney General’s Office have resulted in 50 convictions.  Those cases include a woman who submitted her dead mother’s ballot, a paid operative who cast two elderly voters’ ballots after transporting them to the polling place, a city council member who unlawfully registered ineligible foreign nationals to vote in an election that was decided by a 19-vote margin, a Starr County defendant who voted twice on Election Day, a Harris County man who used his deceased father’s voter registration card to vote in an election, an election worker who pled guilty after attempting to vote for another individual with the same last name, and a Hidalgo County man who presented another voter’s registration card and illegally cast that voter’s ballot on Election Day.” [Texas Tribune]

A photo ID is required to apply for welfare and food stamps and to purchase alcohol and cigarettes in Texas and it’s hard to believe that the DOJ attorney, Elizabeth Westfall, is correct when she says that as many as 1.4 million voters will be kept from voting because of a photo ID requirement. It seems that the only voters who will be affected are illegals and deceased voters.

The DOJ attorney will make a case out of the limited proof Texas presented as evidence of widespread voter fraud. The 239 cases mentioned in the opening testimony could include some clerical errors.

So far, testimony showed deceased voters casting ballots for Obama but the number was disputed. The DOJ expert had a list of disenfranchised voters that included one state’s witness who was listed twice and who said he is not disenfranchised.

Thirty-one states require voter ID at the polls and 15 require photo ID. The ACLU is suing Wisconsin over their Voter ID law.