AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is responding to information, he believes, is being misleading by a lawyer for a Hispanic organization.
On August 19th, the Attorney General released a statement accusing Joes Garza, an attorney representing the Mexican American Legislative Caucus stating, “A recent news article stated that Jose Garza, the attorney who advises the Mexican American Legislative Caucus on voting rights and redistricting issues, is encouraging Texans to violate or ignore the law. It is always unethical for a lawyer to advise someone to violate Texas law. Even worse, Garza’s advice does not inform voters to bring one of the acceptable forms of voter ID. Instead, in an attempt to create a false impression that voter ID suppresses votes, the unethical advice is to come to the polls without the needed ID – even if you might have one – in order to make it look like voter ID laws suppress votes. The only person working to suppress votes is Mr. Garza and his unethical advice not to follow the law and not to present IDs that voters already have or can obtain for free."
Texas law now requires anyone who can vote must present one of several forms of photo ID at the polls in all elections. Those forms of ID include:
- Texas driver’s license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days;
- Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days;
- U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days;
- Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days;
- U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired less than 60 days;
- U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo; or
- Election Identification Certificate
Attorney General Abbott referenced to the City of Edinburg advising residents that a photo ID would be required to place a vote in their local elections.
He stated that the remarks, by Mr. Garza of Texans being turned away if they did not have an ID, were false because those voters who appeard at the polls without the ID will be given a provisional ballot. The ballot will then be counted when the person presents a photo ID within the six days after the election.