The Star’s article, “New Voter ID Law may not come to pass,” was somewhat one-sided. In fact, this is yet another example of a “feel good” expensive boondoggle to fix an inconsequential problem. It’s like gold-plating your entire plumbing system to fix a dripping faucet. No Mr. Gillen, the Evil Dead aren’t stuffing Texas ballot boxes. Actual “voter impersonation” is so rare that even the highly motivated King Street Patriots couldn’t find any when they poll-watched in 2010. The Harris County authorities found that none of their 800 complaints of “improper voting” panned out to constitute a criminal act. All their angry squawking produced–a goose egg!
So why are Republican legislatures so enamored of do-nothing Voter ID laws? Because it’s all about cherry-picking voter turnout, honey. They’re part f a sophisticated pattern of gerrymandering, Early Voting curtailment, draconian restrictions on voter registration drives, etc. The Republicans want Voter ID laws to allow them to ROMP to victory, because they create a speed bump for Rural, Old, Minority and Poor voters on their way to probably vote “the wrong way.” Voter ID, like the Sonogram Law, serves to restrict an unwelcome activity that can’t be criminalized–voting-while-Democrat. It’s just the Klan in designer sheets. BOHICA!