Local party chairs react to Texas Voter ID law

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Updated: 6/28/2013 9:54 pm
After the Supreme Court declared a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wasted no time enforcing a law that will require Texas voters to bring approved personal identification to the polls this November.

Lubbock County Democratic Party Chair Kenny Ketner said the law intentionally discriminates against the most vulnerable of voters.

"It's obviously targeted at voters that are not Republican Party voters," Ketner said. "For example, they'll accept a concealed carry license but they won't accept a college I.D., so it's clearly aimed at infrequent voters, minority voters and young voters."

On the contrary, Local Republican Party Chair Carl Tepper said he thinks those claims just don't hold up today.

"I think its disingenuous," Tepper said. "I can't imagine anyone who has to write a check or drive a car or fly in an airplane who doesn't already have a voter I.D, and the cost for the voter I.D from my understanding is very low."

Although Attorney General Abboott enacted the voter I.D. laws immediately after SCOTUS' decision, opponents of the law haven't given up yet.

Minority plaintiffs, led by U.S. Representative Marc Veasey of Fort Worth, have filed a federal lawsuit to block the policy from going into effect.

Lubbock Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy, however, said her office has already been given instructions to move forward with the decision as is.

"Voters have to bring in a picture I.D. so your voter certificate is not the only thing you'll need to bring in anymore," Kennedy said, "you've got to bring a photo picture as well."

The six valid forms of I.D are Texas driver license, Texas personal ID card, U.S passport, Texas concealed handgun license, U.S. Military ID with photo, or a U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo.

Citizens that do not have any of these forms of ID are eligible for an Election Identification Certificate, which they can get from the DPS.


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Liberty Seeker - 6/29/2013 1:25 AM
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Since the election identification card is free, the poor can afford it. hence, the only ones that would not have state or military identification, would be non-citizens. If liberals desire to take people to DPS, and get them election identification, they are free to do so. I support identification verification in order to vote. I fail to understand why any law abiding citizen would think otherwise.
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