Imaginary Voter Disenfranchisement in Texas

by Greg Pollowitz

The latest: Women who changed their names and the transgendered will be disenfranchised by the new Texas voter ID law. Here are a few of the headlines:

The NationTexas Voter ID Law Discriminates Against Women, Students and Minorities

TimeID Laws Present Problems for Women and Trans Voters In Texas

Salon: Texas voter law may disenfranchise a third of female voters

Wow. A third? That’s a lot. Which brings me to this headline, my favorite:

ThinkProgressTexas Judge Almost Blocked From Voting Because Of New Voter ID Law

“Almost blocked”? Let’s take a look at what’s going on. The following is from KIII TV, linked to in the ThinkProgress article above:

The problem came to light Monday, when a local district judge had trouble casting a ballot.

“What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote,” 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts said.

Watts has voted in every election for the last 49 years. The name on her driver’s license has remained the same for 52 years, and the address on her voter registration card or driver’s license hasn’t changed in more than two decades. So imagine her surprise when she was told by voting officials that she would have to sign a “voters affidavit” affirming she was who she said she was.

So the way to avoid getting disenfranchising is to sign an affidavit? That’s it? 

I think we can safely place this “outrage” in the trash-bin where it belongs. 

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