While Republicans are busy trying to convince the American public that their voter identification laws will not prevent law-abiding citizens from casting their votes, the reality is starting to set in.
A disabled veteran in Texas went to cast his vote during Texas’s early voting period. Unfortunately, a bloated voter identification law that exempts some forms of ID and allows others is causing confusion by poll workers.
A Texas judge informed the veteran, incorrectly, that he was not allowed to vote without an identification that also had an address on it. As the veteran stated, this is the only ID many of the 600,000 Texas veterans have.
According to the law, the following forms of identification are acceptable:
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
- With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
There is no reason this man should not have been allowed to cast his ballot. Not only was he trying to execute his right as a citizen of this country, he risked life and limb to do just that. Republicans love to scream voter fraud, but the real threat is voter suppression. Trying to organize mass amounts of people to cast more than one vote is both inefficient and next to impossible. However, organizing polling places in a state to turn away people on a governmental level is much easier to do.