Texas agreed Wednesday to significantly weaken its voter ID law, which federal courts have said discriminated against minorities and the poor and left more than 600,000 registered voters potentially unable to cast a ballot.
Faced with a direct rebuke from the Fifth Circuit and a complete lack of evidence of in-person voter fraud, Texas has loosened its voter ID requirements for the November election. Voters without one of the absurd list of seven forms of suitable ID — which includes concealed handgun permits, but not college IDs — can now sign an affidavit and vote. And that vote will be counted. This provision essentially guts the law. This is a remarkable failure of the Texas GOP’s attempt to suppress voter turnout – an effort that likely failed anyway.
The state also agreed to $2.5 million on voter outreach before November pursuant to the settlement submitted to U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who must still approve the changes.
Red can already hear the outcry from Our Poor Idiot Governor Greg Abbott about how this will allow massive voter fraud at the polls despite the utter lack of any such evidence. Republicans can take their cue from nominee Donald Trump who is already claiming that the presidential election will be “rigged” against him. No sir, it is your party who has repeatedly attempted to “rig” elections by enacting numerous state laws designed to suppress voter turnout.