Texas Voter Participation Skyrockets Under New ID Law

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Opponents of voter identification laws reliably say it’s racist, exclusive and oppressive to require registered voters to show photo identification when they exercise their right to vote. Voter ID, the story goes, denies some people their Constitutional rights by locking out eligible citizens who, for whatever reason, don’t possess qualifying ID.

But a recent amendment ballot in Texas could be an early indication that those kinds of fears are unfounded. Texas voters went to the polls on Nov. 5 to approve nine amendments to the State constitution (all nine measures passed), and voter turnout — even among Hispanics — trounced that of a similar series of measures that came before voters in 2011.

According to The Daily Caller, turnout in predominantly Hispanic Hidalgo County was roughly four times the turnout in the 2011 ballot measure, even though the Nov. 5 election marked the State’s first referendum in which a new voter ID law was enforced.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who’s widely believed to have the inside track in the 2014 Governor’s race, said last week’s turnout and relatively problem-free polling should silence progressives who’ve facetiously decried voter ID laws as a return to Jim Crow-era voter segregation.

“I haven’t ever seen anything that was overhyped as much as some partisan efforts to overhype concerns about this, when in reality, there has been no problems whatsoever,” Abbott told the Houston Chronicle.

Abbott, who himself had to sign an affidavit confirming his identity at the polls, said there was nothing onerous or disenfranchising about the process.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Stephine

    Voter ID. How would Obama won if they required voter ID?

    • wavesofgrain

      Very true, that!

    • Vis Fac

      A big part of that was due to voter apathy. Those who didn’t like Romney didn’t vote effectively given ODUMBO a second term by default.

      Wise men speak because they have something to say; and liberal fools speak because they have to say something.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • jerry1944

    We really need to have voter I D though out the whole country. I just cant see where the big problem would be, Do they want ppl to have to have a I D for everything but vote

  • To Tell The Truth

    Requiring voter ID disenfranchises the 2 largest Democrap Party voter groups – dead voters, and illegal alien voters. What a crime. We just cannot overthrow a time-honored tradition in America.

    • TexRancher

      You left out multi-voters………

      • To Tell The Truth

        You’re right! How could I forget Mayor Daily’s admonition to his faithful low information sheeple, “Vote Early and Vote Often.”

  • TexRancher

    So why does Holder continue to fight voter ID? Because it infringes on the voter fraud the former democrat (now socialist) party depend on like in the last election where 141% voter turnout occured (St. Lucie County, Fla.) 59 districts in Pa. had zero votes for Romney ( a statisical improbablity) and so on…

    The truth is, the people Holder claims will be “disenfranchised” are the same people who can muster enough ID resources to get all the entitlement goodies plus most States provide State IDs at no cost like Texas.

    Then of course, we cannot ignore the fact that former democrats don’t want the military voting so they delay their absentee ballots past the deadline and refuse to count their ballots like in Fla. because those coming FROM A WAR ZONE HAD THE POSTMARK ON THE BOX AND NOT ON THEIR BALLOTS..

  • Vigilant

    “But a recent amendment ballot in Texas could be an early indication that those kinds of fears are unfounded.”

    “Fears?” I highly doubt that. The only fears the progressives have is that illegal voters will be caught in droves. Theirs are not the worries that eligible voters would be denied the vote, but that the shoring up of (intentionally) sloppy qualification criteria will roadblock the fraud they wish to perpetrate.

    Does “ACORN” ring a bell?

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    Voter ID should be a requirement! It proves that you are a citizen! In 2012 people were coming from Canada to vote! No ID required! Stop voter fraud, require voter ID! The only ones fighting this are illegal to begin with! And the reps in our government should be for this but they are dishonest and just want votes, legal or not!

    • Vis Fac

      In order for me to gain entry into the US we had to be proficient in English. When I became a naturalized citizen I had to know the constitution. When I first voted all ballots were in ENGLISH The New liberal AKA Gullible Obnoxious Pejorative Philandering Prevaricating Progressive Party (GOPPPPP) has made it all but impossible to avoid voter fraud. This is how they manage to win The old liberal vote early and vote often mantra is not so far fetched neither is having the deceased and pets being registered to vote.

      I can see it now the polling place asking for an ID and you show them a picture of your dog than allowing you to vote for your dog by proxy.

      Wise men speak because they have something to say; and liberal fools speak because they have to say something.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • KG

    When the Nazis required Jews to register them selves a large amount of them did just that. Mostly to ensure their status as citizens of Germany. Many Jews felt that they were German first and Jews second. Very patriotic – on a level par with the Tea Baggers of today. But, we all know what happened.

    • http://batman-news.com rwm44

      what are you talking about .any state i lived in you had to register to vote and show a photo ID an electric bill with name and address also works to vote,.enough said these people that are fighting this need an ID to register for welfare, unemployment, any other govt handout, ID is needed to get cell phone, to purchase cigarettes/alcohol, most will drive to polling places you need license to drive. what is so hard for you to understand everything you do needs proof as to who you are why not to vote

      • jackie

        SO EASY COMING FROM LIBERALS WHO DONT SEE THE ILLEGALS VOTING AT OUR POLLS…TO SAY ITS RACIST WELL THEN ITS RACIST TO HAVE SHOW A COP AND ID IF STOPED OR APPLYING FOR OBAMACARE OR WELFARE OR SS OR ANYTHING ELSE..I GUESS TO TURN LIGHTS ON YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PHOTO ID THATS RACIST TO..FYI LIBERALS AND TEXAS HAS PROVED IT.
        ” THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO USE THE RACE CARD TO THEIR ADVANTAGE HAVENT A LEG TO STAND ON” MLK JR..
        MAYBE THIS IS WHY HE WAS A REPUBLICAN..BECAUSE OF STUPID ACCUSATION FROM DEMOCRATS..

        • jackie

          WE HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF INSURANCE BUT NOT PROOF OF WHO WE REALLY ARE TO VOTE…THATS MESSED UP LIBERALS ANYWAY YOU LOOK AT IT..

        • http://www.rt.com Alondra

          Jack: “LIBERALS WHO DONT SEE THE ILLEGALS VOTING AT OUR POLLS ”

          Liberals are advocating and practicing in the illegal voting.

    • Dr. D

      Your post makes no sense. With or without the requirement of an ID to actually vote, you still have to register to vote. Therefore even if no ID is required to vote, you are registered with the state, so they know who you are. No ID requirement has changed that fact. Therefore your post makes no sense, unless you intend to falsely register so the so-called “Tea Baggers” cannot pick you up.

      • KG

        LOL! AFK! BRB! LTR!

        • Vis Fac

          Typical Socialist Liberal AKA Gullible
          Obnoxious Pejorative Philandering Prevaricating Progressive Party (GOPPPPP) Babble

          Wise men speak because they have something to say; and liberal fools like you speak because you have to say something.

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

        • Edward James Almost

          You forgot GFY ,POS!

          • KG

            TY AH! N GFYMILF!

        • http://www.rt.com Alondra

          WNFIM!

        • ted

          SMFD

    • Vis Fac

      Don’t you ever get tired of showing how STUPID you are? Apparently not because you have yet to post anything of consequence Just your usual pathetic “I’m mad at the world drivel.

      If you had applied your self in life you wouldn’t be so miserable and need government to support you sorry lame A$$.

      A liberal is a power worshiper without power. Liberal one dimensional Idiot-ology is playing with fire by people who don’t know that fire is hot!!
      You keep burning yourself which denotes you are either a masochist or plain STUPID Probably both!!!

      Wise men speak because they have something to say; and liberal fools like you speak because you have to say something.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

    • mnkysnkle

      Not only is your history skewed, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • Robert Messmer

      Let me see–you are equating the Jews with the Tea Party because they were very patriotic. So if Jews=TP and Jews gassed by Nazis then TP will be gassed by Obama.

  • jackie

    Thank you my fellow Texans for standing with our citizens and not illegal voters..Thank you for knocking the fraud in our elections out of Texas and thank you for standing with Americans instead of bowing to illegals and who they want in office..Thank for telling liberals to bite our arses..

  • Vash The Stampede

    In Texas you have to show a Voter registration card to vote no card no vote. There are not that many in person voter fraud cases reported at this time Nation wide. However mail in or absentee ballots are the most heavily abused. I don’t have a problem with the voter I.D law yet. It just would not help in these cases. Cleaning the rolls of dead or ineligible people would have fixed most of the voter fraud problems.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130908-few-texas-voter-fraud-cases-would-have-been-prevented-by-photo-id-law-review-shows.ece?nclick_check=1

    http://truth-out.org/news/item/10981-new-nationwide-study-of-election-fraud-since-2000-finds-just-10-cases-of-in-person-voter-fraud

  • Edward James Almost

    I don’t know if it would help out here in California, in 94, proposition 185 was passed by 56 percent of the voters, then thrown out in the 9 th circuit (commie) court of appeals as unconstitutional! So tell me= Is it constitutional to throw out the will of the voters as unconstitutional and continue to force taxes on them to pay for illegal foreigners? Absurdity abounds!

  • mnkysnkle

    Voter ID is a good start, but the REAL fraud is in the machines. If you don’t address the fraud in the machines, nothing will change. PAPER BALLOTS, PUBLIC COUNT. Then you can put the results in as many machines as you want, but you keep the paper trail for validation.