published Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Obama administration blocks sensible Texas voter ID law

The Obama administration is again standing in the way of a duly enacted state law that requires voters to present valid photo identification before casting ballots.

The Obama Justice Department has already misused its authority by blocking such a law in South Carolina, and now it is going after the state of Texas, which enacted its voter ID law in 2011.

Tennessee has a similar law, and our state's recent Super Tuesday primary came and went without evidence that the voting rights of the elderly, poor and minorities were somehow infringed. In fact, the smooth primary voting in Tennessee was in marked contrast to the irresponsible predictions of "disenfranchisement" that opponents of the photo ID law had made prior to Super Tuesday.

In Texas' case, the Justice Department says the photo ID law cannot stand because Hispanic voters are less likely than other voters to have the required ID.

What the department downplays is the fact that in Texas, as in other states with photo ID laws, residents may obtain a free, state-issued photo ID card that is valid for voting. In addition, Texas voters who go to the polls without one of the approved types of identification may cast a provisional ballot and need only present a valid ID card at the registrar's office within six days of the election to have their ballots counted. The disabled as well as voters who have religious objections to having their picture taken also are exempt.

Those allowances are more than reasonable, and they make it simply ridiculous to claim that the ID requirement places an undue burden on voters.

What the photo ID rule may do, however, is prevent an individual from assuming someone else's identity and fraudulently casting a ballot in that person's name.

Protecting the ballot box from fraud is a well-justified goal of government -- in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia or any other state -- and the Obama administration should stop trying to block such commonsense measures.

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Plato said...

"Tennessee has a similar law, and our state's recent Super Tuesday primary came and went without evidence that the voting rights of the elderly, poor and minorities were somehow infringed."

Could it be because all those "trouble makers" stayed home since there is no Democratic presidential primary this year?

Texas law provides that anyone with a conceal carry permit gets a voter ID right on the spot, but if you are a student at the University of Texas your ID is no good. I'm sure you don't see anything political in that.

March 15, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

I commented on your previous, poorly researched, editorial on this subject and told you directly that I felt my rights had been infringed upon during that voting session.

I notice that few people who suddenly "disappear" from the voter's registration roster seem to be Republicans.

You may recall that my registration was found after it was learned that I am a former officer of the state.

Free Press, get a clue.

March 15, 2012 at 10:21 p.m.
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