We have a long history in Texas of movements on the right working to disenfranchise poor, communities of color and that's what this piece is about. But do also consider that this is happening, simultaneously, too: Record 14M Texans register to vote. Folks know quite well that Texas is changing and so racialized politics are part of our landscape. It's encouraging to see these record numbers of folks registered to vote. Now, they just have to get out and vote.
Now that the bill is law, in-person voters must present one of seven
specified forms of photo identification in order to have their votes
A federal judge in Corpus Christi has found the law unconstitutional,
but the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the state can leave it in
place for the November election while appeals proceed.
The details about the number of voters affected emerged during the
challenge to the law, and were included in the findings of U.S. District
Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos.
During the 2011 legislative struggle to pass the voter ID law, she
wrote, Republican lawmakers asked the Texas secretary of state, who runs
elections, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, which maintains
driver’s license information, for the number of registered voters who
did not have state-issued photo identification.
The answer: at least a half-million.
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