“Everybody needs an ID. You need one to cash a check or do almost anything. They’re not hard to get, and if we want to

“Everybody needs an ID. You need one to cash a check or do almost anything. They’re not hard to get, and if we want to stop voter fraud it makes perfect sense to require a photo ID for voting.” That’s essentially the argument made by the Texas legislature when they passed , the Texas photo ID law, in 2011. And it’s the argument made today. Gov. Abbott says we need the photo ID law to combat . Others say the idea that the only real reason to pass SB 14 was to limit voting by disadvantaged populations, including especially poor, elderly and minority voters, all of whom tend to vote for Democratic candidates in larger proportions than the general population. In fact, five times recently, federal judges have found that the Texas law requiring photo ID was discriminatory – that it violated the constitutional requirement of “equal protection of the laws.” The most recent finding, in fact, held that the Texas legislature had intentionally discriminated. These opponents of the law say Voter ID is “a solution in search of a problem.” There’s essentially no fraud occurring, so passing laws and creating bureaucracies to fix fraud is itself a fraud. Before you answer, do what I always suggest, and “Take a step back, take a deep breath, and think!” Think beyond what might seem to you like the easy obvious answer, whatever you think that easy obvious answer is. Think about what justifies legislatures in passing bills that everyone has to follow and that cost millions of taxpayer dollars.

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