Texas Lawmakers Warns Against Defunct Voter ID Law

As early voting ends, one Houston lawmaker claims the Texas Voter ID Law might be keeping voters away from the polls. The measure, which was ruled invalid by the Justice Department, would have required a voter to present a valid photo ID before casting a ballot. 

Houston Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was joined by local and state lawmakers in reminding voters of the importance of going to the polls.

“We know that some soldier is not voting, we know a senior citizen is not voting. We know a disabled person is not voting, we know that a college student is not voting because the only information they have today, is that the voter ID law is in place.”

The measure, which was passed along party lines last year, was not able to take effect because Texas and other states with histories of discrimination, must have all changes to election law pre-cleared by a federal court, or the Justice Department which ruled the law invalid.

“With that information, I called the Secretary of State and asked them to issue a statewide informational campaign, very simple public service announcements, that you could in fact use your yellow voting certificate to vote.”

Houston Democratic Congressman Al Green echoed Jackson Lee’s concerns about the voter ID confusion.

“What is it about Texas that requires people in Texas to have to adhere to draconian measures to cast votes, that people in North Dakota can cast, without a voter registration card.”

The law is not in effect for the Tuesday primaries, but a lawsuit filed by Texas AG Greg Abbott to put the measure in place for the November elections will be heard in July.