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Texas GOP Screws Voters

Posted by nytexan on April 19, 2007

The Texas GOP has figured out a way to screw Texans and their right to vote. State Rep. Betty Brown’s (R-Terrell) has written H.B. 218 which will make voting very problematic for everyone.

Here is the purpose of the bill:

Under current law, to vote a regular ballot, voters are only required to present their voter registration certificates to a poll worker. While this practice attempts to ensure that only registered voters receive a regular ballot on Election Day, it leaves a potential loophole for fraud. Individuals are not required to show identification to register to vote. Because of this, it is possible for an unscrupulous individual to submit several falsified voter registration applications and to receive the voter registration certificates for the “fake” individuals. With the current process, no statutory standards exist to verify the identity of individuals at the polling place when they present a voter registration certificate. H.B. 218 modifies provisions requiring a voter to present proof of identification when offering to vote.

“Potential loop hole for voter fraud” Interesting a Republican would spot that.

“Unscrupulous individual to submit several falsified voter registration applications and to receive the voter registration certificates for the “fake” individuals” Democrats are luck if we can get everyone out to vote, forget about the effort to register more than once. Is she kidding me.

Now here is what every Texan needs to bring along with their voter registration card:

*official mail addressed to the person by name from a governmental entity;

*certified copy of a birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person’s identity;

*U.S. citizenship papers issued to the person;

*original or certified copy of a person’s marriage license or divorce decree;

*court records of a person’s adoption, name or sex change;

* identification card issued by a governmental entity of this state or the United States for the purpose of obtaining public benefits, including veteran’s benefits, Medicaid, or Medicare;

*temporary driving permit issued to the person by DPS;

*Pilot’s license issued to the person by the Federal Aviation Administration or another authorized agency of the United States;

*Library card, containing the person’s name, issued to the person by a public library located in this state; or

*hunting or fishing license issued to the person by the Parks and Wildlife Department.

Good grief, what the hell are the Republicans doing? Why don’t we just bring our first born, our grandparents and our most recent grocery receipt.

The GOP must really be nervous about John Cornyn losing his Senate seat in ’08. I’m sure the national GOP is somehow involved in taking the right to vote away from Texans.

Way to go Betty I hope your district is proud of you.


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