A recent check by the Texas Secretary of State’s office indicates that 600,000 registered voters do not have a valid driver’s license or state issued identification card. In Texas, identification is not required to register to vote but due to a bill just passed by the Texas Legislature, valid identification may be required at the polls to vote if Senate Bill 14 is cleared by the justice department.
As many as a quarter of voters in some small Texas counties might not be able to cast ballots if the federal government allows the new state voter ID law to go into effect.
One concern is that undocumented immigrants have registered to vote in Texas. Since no identification is required to register to vote , undocumented immigrants could register. In prior years, no id was required at the polls so it is possible that many non-citizens could have registered to vote and illegally cast ballots. Texas does not issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants so many without identification could be turned away at the polls. Senator Fraser’s bill requires voters to show a valid government-issued photo ID — such as a Texas driver’s license, Department of Public Safety identification card, state concealed handgun license, U.S. military ID or U.S. passport — to vote in elections.
“Republicans are using cheap tricks to steal elections,” said Rebecca Acuña, spokeswoman for the Texas Democratic Party. “In certain counties, Republicans could disenfranchise a quarter of the voters currently participating in elections.”
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