Texans turned out to vote in the statewide election a couple
of weeks ago and while there were no big candidate races, no high profile advertising,
the vote was the first test of the controversial mandatory ID law for
Opponents of the law, passed by
the Texas legislature earlier this year, predicted that the law was
discriminatory and would kill voter turnout.
Proponents of the law said it would be a reasonable step in identifying
who was voting and would curtail voter fraud.
Well the vote totals are in and this appears to be a victory for
supporters of the law. In fact, the
20-13 constitutional amendment vote experienced the largest voter turnout in 8
years when compared to other off-year elections. T
here was strong belief that the new law
requiring a picture ID would torpedo voter turnout in heavy Hispanic parts of
the state and yet voter turnout increased in those areas as well.
This law, favored by most Texans has been
fought by the federal government and Texans have won and the law seems to have
passed its first field test with flying colors.
It is a new process to bring a picture ID to vote, but one that should
be quickly embraced by all voters across the state as more votes take
Now, if you are not registered
voter, I suppose you don't have to worry about it but shame on you for not
participating in one of the greatest rights in our country. Get registered to vote and, on election day,
bring an IDD and that will make for a Better East Texas.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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