Texas House Passes Bill Requiring Voters to Show Photo ID
The Texas House has approved a bill requiring residents to show photo identification before voting amid complaints from Democrats who say it’s designed to erect hurdles for poor and minority voters.
The legislation cleared the House 101-48 Wednesday night after more than 11 hours of debate in which Democrats repeatedly tried to derail it.
The measure has sparked anger and partisan bickering ever since Republican Gov. Rick Perry put it on the fast track at the beginning of the legislative session in January. GOP lawmakers say it’s necessary to prevent voter fraud. Democrats contend the bill is aimed at poor and minority voters who are less likely to have state-issued identification cards.
Republican lawmakers in several other states are pushing similar legislation this year.
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Texas House Passes Bill Requiring Voters to Show Photo ID
Congratulations to our Texas lawmakers that had the good sense to support this bill and to keep up the effort to push it through.
It’s only right that ALL voters in Texas, and across the United States for that matter, have some form of a PICTURE I.D. that makes it easily recognizable that you are who you say you are. This will go a long ways towards eliminating voter fraud. It won’t automatically make it ALL go away, some folks are really creative in their efforts to file lots of fraudulent votes.
The simplest, and most universally recognized form of I.D. is a state drivers license, or, if you don’t drive, a state issued, pictured I.D. card.
And lets face the facts, if you are a voter, you have a Social Security Card, a voters registration card and at least one form of pictured, and OFFICIAL identification.
Or, you should have.
Republican Rep. Jose Aliseda, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Mexico, said the bill “just makes common sense” and that electoral shenanigans are real in the South Texas district he represents.
“Americans expect it. Americans want it,” he said. “They want to believe their voting system is at least as safe as renting a movie at Blockbuster.”
To Rep. Jose Aliseda, thank you for coming to this nation, becoming a U.S. citizen and for being a strong GOP, and apparently Conservative representative. It’s people like you that make me proud Sir!
Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, said the bill would undermine the civil rights that minorities gained after years of voter suppression.
“People are willing to turn back the clock … just so they can win close elections,” Veasey said. “If you don’t have these forms of identification, your vote is going to be thrown in the garbage.”
Rep. Marc Veasey, pictured below, is, in MY not so humble opinion, a MORON, and a prime example of why liberals should be banned from ever holding office.
This is going to undermine CIVIL RIGHTS?
Well, there ya go, leave it to a moonbat Democrat to throw the RACE CARD when it’s an issue that they can’t support. What Veasey doesn’t realize in his cloud of delusion is this, guys like him have thrown the RACE CARD, ie: civil rights, so often, that it now holds little significance in the grand scheme of things.
Rep. Marc Veasey needs to realize that this is 2011, you need I.D. to do just about everything.
You can’t drive a car, cash a check, get out of jail, get your car out of impound if it’s towed, open a bank account, see a doctor, get many jobs, hold a security clearance, buy beer, booze and smokes if you look under age, rent an apartment, buy a house, get married, any number of things, if you don’t have an I.D.
How then, does requiring a voter I.D. undermine CIVIL RIGHTS?
Voters without ID could cast a provisional ballot but would have to show one within six days to have their vote counted.
A provisional vote? Seriously? We’re going to let people with NO pictured identification vote and then give them six days to produce that I.D. or then their vote won’t be counted? Isn’t that a further waste of time and money to have to go back and recount the provisional votes because some numb-skull doesn’t have a drivers license or a state issued I.D. card.
The bill had contained an exemption for elderly voters, but the House stripped it out during deliberations Wednesday.
The elderly may not have a drivers license, I can understand that, I don’t drive anymore because of my health issues, BUT, I have a state issued photo I.D. card, and anyone that doesn’t have a drivers license, a military I.D. or some form of OFFICIAL identification needs to have some, especially the elderly.
How many times do we hear the stories of an elderly person with some form of dementia that is lost? If they have NO I.D. they may be lost forever. And their mental state doesn’t necessarily mean they will carry that I.D., but if they are cognizant enough to vote, odds are, they’ll carry an identification of some sort.
A similar version of the bill has already passed the Senate, and the legislation is deemed likely to get approval during the 2011 session after being shot down during high-intensity debates in recent years. Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the Houston-area Republican who chairs the committee that approved the House version of the bill, said he didn’t understand why it had become a partisan issue.
“I have Democrats, Republicans and independents in my district who think people ought to show ID before being allowed to vote,” Bonnen said.
Here’s something that may shock, or even offend some readers, in this day and time, in the USA we are living in, a nation over-run will ILLEGALS and potential foreign terrorists, I personally have NO problem with a NATIONAL I.D. card that says *I AM AN AMERICAN*.
A lot of folks see that as some sort of an intrusion on their right to privacy, but if you think about it, what does it matter? If you have a drivers license, a credit card, a social security card, any of a number of other cards or accounts, you’re already in the system, if you’re not planning on being the one to break the law, commit nefarious deeds or the like, why NOT have a card that says to all who see it, *I AM AN AMERICAN*?
It’s time that we actually secure this nation. It’s time that we do everything in our power to take out the garbage and eliminate as much fraud and corruption as we possibly can.
If the only argument you have against this is some idiotic rant about it being NAZI tactics, “Show me your papers“, save your time and effort, that crap won’t fly here…