Sunday, November 03, 2013

New, improved Jim Crow law tested in Texas

Well I suppose we could call it progress. If by that you mean the test run of JimCrow 2.7 in Texas will discriminate against women, old white people and anyone else in danger of voting Democratic of any race or religious background. No one can accuse the GOP of racism for denying Mr. Jim Wright a voter ID card.
Former House Speaker Jim Wright was denied a voter ID card Saturday at a Texas Department of Public Safety office.

“Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn’t give me an ID,” Wright said.

The legendary Texas political figure says that he has worked things out with DPS and that he will get a state-issued personal identification card in time for him to vote Tuesday in the state and local elections.

But after the difficulty he had this weekend getting a proper ID card, Wright, 90, expressed concern that such problems could deter others from voting and stifle turnout. After spending much of his life fighting to make it easier to vote, the Democratic Party icon said he is troubled by what he’s seeing happen under the state’s new voter ID law.
Interesting. Just when polls show the elderly are deserting the GOP, it's suddenly harder for them to cast ballots after decades of no hassle voting. The acceptable documents such as certified birth certificates and passorts are not easy to acquire. Especially for the elderly who likely have neither and wouldn't be able to acquire them within the six day window for certifying their provisional ballots. Would be interesting to know if registered Republicans are suffering the same obstruction in obtaining the newly mandated photo ID and casting ballots.

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