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T exas Joins the Bandwagon
The law, known as SB 14, restricts acceptable forms of ID to driver’s licenses or state-issued ID, military ID, citizenship ID, a passport, and a concealed handgun license – all of which must include a photo. Student IDs, utility bills, paychecks, mail, and other forms of identification that were once acceptable now are not.
The Texas law is part of a larger trend of state laws passed to tighten voter ID requirements, and the results of legal battles over many of these state laws could make a difference in the November presidential elections. But unlike some other states, Texas leaves it to the voters to seek out and pay for the IDs. Georgia, for example, has strict ID requirements but also provides a voter ID card for free; the DOJ has pre-cleared that law.
“In their unanimous 56-page ruling, the federal judges found that the fees and the cost of traveling for those voters lacking one of the five forms of ID disproportionately affected the poor and minorities – who might have to travel 200 to 250 miles to acquire the proper ID and potentially pay fees basically amounting to a poll tax,” explains Andy Brown, chair of the Travis County Democratic Party in Austin
Mary Sanchez "Jim Crow is alive and Well"