Voter ID law “gave Texas Democrats a patsy for the thumping they took”

Say this for the state’s new voter ID law — it gave Texas Democrats a patsy for the thumping they took on election night…

 

The overall number of votes cast in this year’s election was less than in 2010 — by about 271,000. Although that appears to be part of a national trend, Texas Democrats blamed the state’s voter ID law…

 

Even if those missing 271,000 Texas voters — the ones who voted in 2010 but not this year — had shown up, and even if they had all voted for the Democrat, [Davis] still would not have defeated Abbott — or even matched White’s total in 2010.

 

Voter ID didn’t cause Texas Democrats’ worse-than-they-expected election performance.  Blame belongs to the Party’s tone-deaf consultants and candidates, led by top-of-the-ticket train wreck Wendy Davis, and on OFA-inspired Battleground Texas, which even the liberal Austin-American Statesman says “owns a significant chunk of the Davis effort — and its failure.”

 

Team Davis and Battleground Texas – which “by every measurable outcome… failed to live up to its promise” – paid millions to consultants; no word on how much they invested in helping Texas voters get free photo IDs.

Controversial Voter ID opponent Myrna Perez Withdraws Name from EAC Nomination Process

Sources on Capitol Hill reveal to ELC that Myrna Perez has withdrawn her name for future consideration to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).  Republicans have called her the “Bad Apple” of the EAC due to her political extremism and use of exaggerated data in studies coming out of the Brennan Center.  While the nomination has been stalled, it has become the political reality that no activist with such extreme positions on voter ID and citizen verification was going to gain enough votes to be confirmed.  For example, the day the Supreme Court recently upheld the use of the Texas Photo ID law, Perez, the Deputy Director of the non-partisan Brennan Center, put out this noxious statement through Twitter “This is a sad day for Texas, a sad day for democracy.”

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New Mexico’s voter ID legislation gets new life

This is going to be a different year.

 

With a 37-33 majority, House Republicans will be able to get a photo voter ID bill through that chamber. The question is what would happen to it upon arrival in the Senate, where Democrats retain a 25-17 voting edge.  Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who made her support of photo voter ID a major theme of her successful re-election campaign, believes there is a chance of Senate approval…

 

Albuquerque voters in 2005 overwhelmingly approved a photo voter ID requirement for municipal elections.

 

Democrat Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino repeats the tired refrain that voter ID is “a solution in search of a problem” – he should try telling that to voters whose votes are stolen:

 

There were two cases of possible voting fraud in last week’s election reported to the Secretary of State’s Office. In both cases, voters said someone else had cast ballots in their names.  Currently, a New Mexico voter has the option of providing an ID at the polls or “self-identifying” by stating his or her name, voter registration address and year of birth.

Nothing has changed since Tuesday: “Why the Loretta Lynch nomination is absolutely political”

Hot Air.   But clearly, President Obama is preparing to use Loretta Lynch as a pawn in a larger political game. By picking someone with her professional history and then calling for a “quick timeline for her confirmation” the President is setting up the Republicans for a fight. When they insist that a thorough vetting and debate is called for and should be done by the new Congress selected by the voters, Obama will once again unleash the tired canard about how all the GOP leadership can do is obstruct. This is not a bug in the system, it’s a feature. He’s spoiling for that fight, and from the look of things he will absolutely get it. Nothing has changed since Tuesday. Nothing.

AG Nominee Lynch and Holder agree on hot-button issues, including voter ID

ABC News:  VOTER ID LAWS:  Under Holder’s leadership, the Justice Department has been challenging laws in states like Texas, Alabama and North Carolina that require voters to provide certain documents to cast a ballot. Holder has argued the so-called “voter ID laws” disproportionately prevent minorities from voting, and some federal courts have agreed.

Lawsuits filed by the Justice Department to block those laws have rankled Republicans. In January, when several judicial nominees were testifying in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of the first questions from Grassley was: “In regard to voter ID, if confirmed, do you plan to allow states to require voters to identify themselves to prevent the fraud that we have seen?”  

Earlier this year, Lynch said federal lawsuits to block voter ID laws “will continue.”

“Fifty years after the march on Washington, 50 years after the civil rights movement, we stand in this country at a time when we see people trying to take back so much of what Dr. [Martin Luther] King fought for,” she said at an event outside New York City celebrating the legacy of King and Nelson Mandela. “But I’m proud to tell you that the Department of Justice has looked at these laws, and looked at what’s happening in the Deep South and in my home state of North Carolina, [and] has brought lawsuits against those voting rights changes that seek to limit our ability to stand up and exercise our rights as citizens.”