by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune
NEW ORLEANS (TEXAS TRIBUNE) 4/29/15
– A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old voter ID law discriminated against minority voters.
U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Catharina Haynes stopped short of rebuking state lawmakers while listening to attorneys spar over what are widely considered the nation’s strictest rules on the identification that voters must present at the polls. But she sounded perplexed that lawmakers had not made the law more palatable to critics as it winded through the federal court system.
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From TheBlaze.com, from Fred Lucas, Sep. 5, 2013 – In the midst of a national debate over voter integrity, a federal court decree is ordering a Mississippi county to purge its voter rolls of dead people, ineligible felons and people who have moved out of a voting area.
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From The Heritage Foundation, by Tierra Warren, January 4, 2012 – Acording to a new Rasmussen report, 70 percent of Americans believe voter identification, such as a driver’s license, should be required in order to vote.
Nonetheless, Attorney General Eric Holder intends to examine new state laws that require photo ID before voting for potential racial bias.
Heritage Foundation legal scholar Hans Von Spakovsky explains there is no evidence to support claims of racial bias: Continue reading →
Each week for the next couple of months I’m going to report to you on important progress made during this legislative session. This week the update will focus on election reforms, including “Voter ID”, that were passed by the House and Senate. This session I was proud to serve on the House Committee on Elections; we tackled some very important issues and passed bills that I truly believe will help preserve the integrity of our election process in Texas. The following is a list of just a few of the bills that were passed that address election integrity and process: Continue reading →
Republan Party of Texas
Steve Munisteri, Chairman
On Monday, the Texas Senate is expected to meet as a Committee of the Whole to consider Senate Bill 14, legislation that would require a voter to present proof of identification when voting. Earlier this week, Governor Rick Perry declared the Voter ID legislation as an emergency item and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst immediately informed state senators that the bill will be considered next week.
All 19 Republican State Senators have signed on as co-authors to this important piece of legislation. The tentative schedule is to hear invited testimony on Monday, January 24th and public testimony begins at 8:00am on Tuesday, January 25th.
The Republican Party of Texas would like to thank Governor Perry, Lt. Governor Dewhurst and the Texas Senate for making this a priority issue, and encourage all Texans who are concerned about the integrity of our elections to urge their state senators to support the passage of SB 14.
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Monday’s Notice of Public Hearing
Tuesday’s Notice of Public Hearing