Valley Democrats, Republicans react to Voter ID Bill trial
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 23:29:26 GMT —
The constitutionality of a Texas voter ID law passed in 2011- which requires voters to show a photo ID at polls - will be decided by a federal court in Washington this week.
It's part of a Republican party-supported change to the election code.
But Democrats say it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and even suppresses some voters.
"We TMre talking about pinpointing a certain group of people, elderly who can't drive, students and minorities, local Democratic Party leader Eli Olivarez.
Olivarez said it TMs unnecessary, and that from 2008 to 2010 the state only confirmed one incident of fraud.
This is a country where we should be able to vote no matter what, why are they suppressing the one thing we are so proud of," Olivarez asked.
Former Hidalgo County Republican Chairman Hollis Rutledge disagrees.
"It TMs a very, very weak argument," Rutledge said.
Rutledge said a study conducted in 2000 showed hundreds of the deceased were voting in a number of elections in the 1990s.
"We owe it to those people who have sacrificed to have this democracy and this great country we have, Rutledge said. We owe it to them to ensure the integrity of the vote is preserved."
Texas is not the first state to pass such a law, several Republican controlled states have recently passed similar measures in the last two years.
Even Mxico goes as far as requiring an election ID card and fingerprint for every vote.
"If it TMs good enough for them, by God it should be good for us, Rutludge said.
A three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court is expected to make a decision by next Monday.