Saturday, August 09, 2014

Harry Smith

Phony Baloney Crusades

Students challenge Texas Voter ID

Over the last year, laws that advocates say place unnecessary burdens on voters have advanced across the country. But a law in Texas is causing a particular stir due to its potential to place the harshest burdens on the youngest voters. A lawsuit challenging it that was filed last year goes to trial Sept. 2.

“We work to engage people—young people—in this process,” said Christina Sanders, state director of the Texas League of Young Voters, which is among the plaintiffs in an upcoming voter identification case in the state. “The hurdles these laws create makes it more difficult for us to engage.”

“More than cases of apathy, it becomes a case of disenfranchisement,” she added.

What utterly transparent hogwash.  What are these hurdles Texas college students are so worried about? 

The state has said the ID requirement is an effort to prevent in-person voter fraud. In a 2013 editorial, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said requiring voters to present government issued IDs is “the first step in the process is to ensure that only those that are legally allowed to vote actually vote.” He called the efforts to block the law misguided, noting that some 83% of adults and 84% of registered voters support voter ID laws, according to a 2013 McClatchy-Marist poll.

“To those that oppose voter ID laws, how about instead of trying to incite racial violence and protests, you walk the walk and help those you believe to be poor or disenfranchised without photo ID to acquire a photo ID,” Abbott said.

Under the law, seven forms of identification are accepted at Texas polling stations, among them state drivers’ licenses and identification cards, election identification certificates, military IDs, passports, citizenship documents with photos, and concealed handgun licenses. And noticeably absent from that list: student identification cards.

Just who are these Texas League of Young Voters who sit around grousing over impossible burdens they must overcome in order to vote, I asked myself?  The absence of student identification cards? Impossible burden?  (Does attending a Texas school bestow citizenship?)  Really?  But wait, I've been watching people like this for 20 years, so I knew just where to begin.  Discover The Networks.Com.  George Soros.  Surprise Surprise.

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via Tommy Lee Smith. This, from Cracker Barrel Philosopher (my oldest known blog pal, dating back to 2002), absurd as it is, made me search to make sure it wasn't real. That's how fkdup Obama is.