Texas Voter ID Law Snags Former House Speaker

Veteran politico Jim Wright was denied the photo identification card now required to cast a ballot in the Lone Star State

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Former House Speaker Jim Wright was denied the documentation needed to vote in Texas on Saturday, prompting the Democratic icon to voice fears about the state’s tough new voter ID law.

“I earnestly hope these unduly stringent requirements on voters won’t dramatically reduce the number of people who vote,” Wright, 90, told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He said he has voted in every election since 1944 and spent much of his career fighting for expanded election access.

Wright served in Congress from 1955 to 1989, including a stint as Speaker of the House from 1986 to 1989. He said he will furnish the needed documents to get a new voter ID in time to cast a ballot

A wave of voter ID measures have been passed into law in recent years, leading to Democratic fears that the laws will depress turnout among lower-income and minority voters.

[Fort Worth Star Telegram]

13 comments
bobcn
bobcn

"A wave of voter ID measures have been passed into law in recent years, leading to Democratic fears that the laws will depress turnout among lower-income and minority voters."

...and Republican fears that the laws won't.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Next Texas will make it illegal to fart unless you're a right-wing bozo.

lynnlm
lynnlm

Anyone with street sense can purchase fake identification in every major city in the United States.

jmac
jmac

He was born in 1922 and is 91 years old.   Thank goodness he had no current driver's license.   (Which, BTW, is extremely difficult to get in Texas in the summer time - took me four tries and a trip to Bonham - over an hour away). 

When you have a party that has to gerrymand to the exteme,  cut days and hours to vote before election day   even though there are long lines on those days,  wait in line over eight house to vote on election day,   change laws to vote so women must have their married name on a document that matches voter registration, etc, etc. . . 

You know your party is in trouble.  

curt3rd
curt3rd

Why was he denied the documentation needed to vote?  Where is the rest of the story? 

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Does Tom DeLay get to have  voter ID card because he was a Republican crook?

dopplegangerjesus
dopplegangerjesus

Wow, way to go Texas! Screwing over the elderly and the poor. How very christian of you!

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

Jim Wright was a Democrat, so the Texas law must be working as intended.

bobcn
bobcn

@curt3rd 

When your driver's license expires -- and is now inadequate to prove that you're you in Texas -- just who does the state think you've become?

reallife
reallife

Just imagine if Time had real journalists in their staff.

curt3rd
curt3rd

@bobcn @curt3rd Dont give me that BS.  You cant buy booze, cigs, legally drive, go into a bar or casino and number of other things with an expired license.  Everyone knows this.  He tried voting with an expired license just to get a headline that doesnt tell the whole story.