Integrity is on trial again. This time, it’s over the latest issue: Texas’ new law (BEESTX). Simply stated, the new law would require voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls. The purpose of this new law is to prevent fraudulent voting, thereby preserving the integrity of the election process.
Sadly, in another show of “abuse of executive authority”, the Obama administration has blocked the law, citing that it would be discriminatory
against Hispanics. This allegation begs the question: how so?
Before Governor Perry signed the law, great lengths were taken to provide every opportunity for all citizens to be able to vote. Show up with any one of seven accepted state or federal photo IDs, and the voter is good to go. Furthermore, if the voter doesn’t present any of these seven forms of photo IDs, a provisional ballot will be issued. To have the ballot count, the voter will then be given six days to bring a photo ID to the registrar’s office.
Discrimination? If this new Texas law is a form of discrimination, then what does the Obama administration have to say to the more than 400,000 registered voters in Washington D.C. who don’t have any voting representation in the U.S. Senate?
No, this isn’t an issue of discrimination…just a question of integrity.