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Voter ID Law Heats Up Local Parties

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

If you don't have a picture ID, you might not be able to vote. The Justice Department's civil rights division has objected to the new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas, saying many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification.

A federal court in Washington will decide whether Texas will be allowed to enforce its new ID requirements

To open a bank account or rent a car, you need a photo ID.

"Now it has gotten so silly that they ID most people, yet we don't want to have a simple ID shown to show up at the ballot box? To show that you have the right to vote? It defies logic, it defies common sense,” said Paul Rieger, chairman of the Brazos County Republican Party.

He says voting is a fundamental right for all Americans and a state issued photo ID, like a driver's license or passport, isn't too much to ask.

For Fred Medina it is. He is with the Brazos County Tejano Democrats.

"I sign my name to verify my signature. I go vote,” said Medina as he pulled out his voter registration card.

He says that’s the only form of ID he has had to show in the past 25 years of voting.

Some Republicans say the new law is to prevent voter fraud, and ask Democrats why would people not have a picture ID?

"Simple question, simple answer. They lost it. They are old. They don't have it, but the thing is what if they have their voter ID card? Why would they need that? They already filed all the proper paperwork they needed to do,” said Medina.

A federal court is set to weigh in on the state’s voter ID law and whether it discriminates against minorities.


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