Valley election of national interest because of voter ID law

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 4:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 9:59am

The Edinburg City Council race will have far more interest in how the election is run, rather than the issues.  

It will be the first race under the state's new voter ID law, which requires a state-issued identification card to cast a ballot.  Opponents of the law say it will have an adverse effect on minority voters. Proponents say identification will weed out voter fraud.  

"You can see both sides of the law," said candidate Armando Marroquin. "I probably lean towards the side of I think it's a shame that anyone would want to suppress a vote.  And I think that could create a huge issue, especially down here."  

Typically, areas with a large immigrant population - whether legal or undocumented - have many people who are apprehensive to put their name down.  A lot of times, it's a mistrust of the government.  Or an aversion to any kind of attention.  

"I think people will be disenfranchised and just want to give up on the whole voting process itself, and I think that will be the effect this will have on some individuals," Marroquin said.  

Marroquin said he has given out information to help people get ID cards.  He's a lawyer by trade, and wants to see Edinburg finally build a new county courthouse.  

He didn't expect the Edinburg special election to get much attention.  But the voter ID law is a hot-button topic.  

"I guess it wouldn't be a bad thing if possibly that influenced more people to go out and vote," Marroquin said.  

Marroquin disagrees with his opponent Richard Molina, who supports the voter ID law.  

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