WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT: Voter Suppression in Texas
Worrisome news out of Texas. A new Republic-backed bill quietly passed Texas’ Senate today which would require voters show official IDs before their turn at the ballot box.
While the initiative is still a few rounds away from enactment, it’s raising considerable eyebrows nationwide. Its GOP backer pushed the initiative on an anti voter-fraud platform — despite assurances from Texas democrats that fraud had not been an issue in recent elections.
Texas Democrats are concerned that such a law would discourage under-represented minorities, seniors, poor folk and the physically challenged from voting.
We worry that it stinks of Jim Crow-era disenfranchisement which has no place in 2009 America.