As noted yesterday, the evil and pernicious voter ID bills are coming to the House floor today. And this is the treatment it gets from the Chron's Clay Robison.
Expect a big partisan fight on the House floor today if lawmakers debate, as scheduled, bills to require people to produce photo identification before voting and to submit written proof of citizenship before registering to vote.
The House approved similar legislation two years ago, but it died in the Senate. The legislation is a priority of Republicans, who contend it is a safeguard against fraudulent voting, particularly by illegal immigrants.
But Democrats argue it is designed to intimidate minority voters, who overwhelmingly cast ballots for Democratic candidates.
How pathetic is that? I don't know if Robison is being lazy or ignorant in casting this as a mere he-said/she-said partisan dispute when there's reams of factual evidence to back up the Democratic position and a big pile of bupkis to support the GOP stance. I suppose I should take comfort in the fact that these three lonely paragraphs appear at the very end of Robison's column, after the page jump, where nobody will actually see it. Utterly, truly, miserably pathetic.
I agree with David Dewhurst's comments that we should "ensure that we maximize the number of voters, which is all in our best interests, but that we limit our elections to American citizens. I can't imagine anyone who could be against that concept." I agree with David 100%. And if he is a man of intelligence and integrity he will not support HB 218 since it does the exact opposite of what he says he wants. HB 218 will lower voter turnout. There is no evidence on the record that non-American citizens have voted in past Texas elections in a manner that would have been stopped by HB 218.
Bills should only be passed if they solve problems or otherwise make our lives better. No testimony was given on HB 218 proving a problem exists that can be solved by requiring extra Voter ID. I have no doubt that HB 218 does not solve any problems. It will create new problems.
When voting in America is only allowed to healthy and wealthy people than the America I know is far sicker than my mother. HB 218 is a direct descendent of poll taxes, and of allowing only white male property owners to vote. In its effect it is racist, barbaric, antidemocratic and contrary to everything that made America great. My mother has sacrificed her life raising my severely handicapped sister and I and making this a better country. She and all mothers like her deserve the right to vote.