Voter ID debate
To the Editor: In the Corsicana Daily Sun article (July 26, 2013), U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is singling out Texas for legal action, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The Obama administration desires the federal court to re-instate its authority over voting laws in Texas. This action violates the U.S. Constitution’s allowance for states to set their own election laws.
Most Americans would think it is not racist to ask somebody to have a photo ID to confirm who they are. The Voter ID law does not impose any undue burden, because the DPS-issued election identification certificates are “free” for those who do not have a diver’s license or other acceptable photo IDs.
Voter fraud does exist. In 2012, there were 50,000 deceased voters on the Texas rolls and 213 voted in person, according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He has prosecuted more than 50 cases of voter fraud throughout Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “voter ID laws are race neutral.”
Regarding re-districting, the state legislature approved the maps adopted by the federal court that were deemed friendlier to minority populations. Yet, as a result, it unseated State Representatives Raul Torres (HD 33), Jose Aliseda (HD 35), Aaron Pena (HD 40), and John Garza (HD 117), as well as U.S. Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (CD 23) — all of them Hispanics. They won in predominately Hispanic district in 2010, but lost their seats due to the federal court’s re-districted maps in 2012.
Holder’s legal suit is more about politics than racial discrimination. The Obama administration’s action proves the Democrats are fearful that Republicans are attracting conservative Hispanic voters, a strategic obstacle to the Democratic National Party’s “Turn Texas Blue” campaign. They are using legal tools to disrespect Texas ballot integrity and to divide the Hispanic community.
Steven L. Jessup
Voter ID debate
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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 12, 2014
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