Voter Fraud In Texas

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Since 2011 there has been a lot of controversy around Senate Bill 14 that requires voters to present a photo ID in Texas in order to exercise their right to vote. The bill was pass to reduce voter fraud. Some may argue that voter fraud is minimal in Texas, which is not even enough to make a big difference in elections. Or, they may posit that requiring a photo ID would discriminate against minorities and potentially run contrary to The Voting Rights Act. However, most things in Texas require an ID. In order to get a social security card, open a bank account, apply for any kind of government help, or even buy alcohol, one must have a valid form of identification. If something as simple as buying a bottle of wine or a pack of cigarettes…show more content…
One must be a United States citizen; a resident of the county where one submit the application; at least 18 years old on Election Day; not a convicted felon; and not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote (Vote Texas). Even though these are very specific requirements, there have been times where people vote even if they do not meet them. In an effort to reduce voter fraud, Texas passed Senate Bill 14 that requires Texas’ voters show one of the following photo identifications on Election Day: Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS, Texas personal identification card issued by DPS, Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS, United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph, United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph, United States passport (Champagne and Harpham 98). In June 2013 the US Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, striking down the formula for determining the states that were covered under section 5 preclearance condition contained in The Voting Rights Act. Texas promptly passed its current voter ID law and Texas is being sued by the US Justice Department under the remaining provisions, Section 2, of The Voting Rights Act to stop the new voter identification system. Senate Bill 14 is very controversial today, but to me it seems normal. As a Colombian having an ID for any kind of election is second

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