First Vote in Texas Under Voter ID Law Embarrasses Liberals
The liberal’s argument against voter ID laws revolve around voter suppression. However, if they were hoping for proof when Texas recently voted on changes to their constitution, then they have egg on their face. Texas had a similar vote in 2011 and by comparing the numbers, it is impossible to claim suppression. In both 2011 and 2013, the votes were over taxes and state budgets.
In 2011 there were 672,874 total votes. In 2013, under the voter ID law there were 1,099,670 total votes. In Hidalgo County alone the number of Hispanic voters quadrupled from 4,000 to 16,000. Gregg Abbott, who is expected to run for governor, stated that critics of the voter ID laws have now run out of arguments. This is hardly unusual to Texas. Both Mississippi and Georgia also had increases in total voting and sizable increases in minority voting after they passed their laws.
Opponents are refusing to let facts get in their way. The Justice Department, civil rights groups and U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey , have filed a federal lawsuit to get the law overturned. This time they will have to explain the increase in the number of voters.