Voter ID Law in Effect...What's it Mean for the Next Election?
POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 4:10pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 8:32am
The goal is to keep it clean, keep it fair....
One of the new laws that went into effect September 1st is the Voter ID Law. It's expected to safeguard the voting process, but are Brownsville residents in favor or against it? We hit the streets to find out.
"I’m for it..." one voter tells us.
As were all the people we stopped Thursday on the street.
"There's been a lot of information or misinformation to the people that this is the wrong thing, that this is discriminatory, but I think it's control for people that really have the rights to go and exercise their voting rights, and I'm for it, for sure I'm for it," a registered voter expressed.
However, when state reps were reviewing the proposed bill, a big concern was that people over 70 years of age would be hurt by this because many don't have photo ID's, thus possibly hurting voter turnout here in the valley.
The new Voter ID Law that went into effect September 1st requires that a person heading to the polls must have an approved photo ID in hand before casting their vote.
In the valley where there's been at times speculation of voter fraud, the new law makes one voter feel a little better about protecting the integrity of the voting process.
"There's not going to be any duplicates of people voting out there in Brownsville, and control of the voter, cause we have a lot of illegals that vote, people pay and say just go vote for all these people," a supporter said.
And very often, officials say it can be difficult to track down those who are behind the fraud because, there's not anything to link them to the crime, another supporter of the law agrees.
"There's no way to identify that person, but with a picture ID they'll have no choice but to present themselves and their names," another supported commented.
The new law will require a person looking to cast their vote to show one of seven approved photo ID's...a Drivers License, an Elections ID card, a DPS Personal ID card, a U.S. Military ID, a U.S. Citizenship ID, a U.S Passport or a Concealed Handgun License ID issued by DPS.
All of the above must be valid and cannot have expired more than 60 days before the election.
For more information on this new Voter ID Law, you can follow the link below: