Texas Secretary of State John Steen says there is no truth to overheated claims in liberal media outlets that the new Texas Voter ID law is discriminatory against women, or, as some liberal outlets have reported, has prevented individuals from voting, 1200 WOAI news reports.
State Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte both complained after they voted in the current constitutional amendment election that they faced trouble at the polls because the name on their photo i.d. did not match the name they had placed on their voter registration card. Van de Putte went so far as the make the amazing claim that 'at least my Republican friends are allowing women to identify themselves, and are not requiring them to have their husbands or fathers vouch for them,' apparently trying to claim that the Texas voter i.d. law forces women back to the 19th and early 20th Century, when many states required a close male relative to stand in for women in legal issues.
"We have had 196,000 voters cast ballots," Steen said. "We have not had a single instance where somebody has prevented somebody from voting," Steen said.
While Steen declined to specifically address the 'War on Women' allegation during his stop in San Antonio, Steen did say that if the names are different, voting is still a simple process. He pointed out that it isn't just women who find themselves in that position. Republicans gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbot's drivers license, the document most frequently used as a photo i.d., calls him 'Gregory Wayne Abbott,' while Abbot's voter registration card lists simply 'Greg Abbott.'
"Someone will say, those are substantially similar names," Steen said. "Wendy Davis was asked, and General Abbott was asked, to initial a box, and that's it."
Steen said despite a major effort to make so called Election Identification Certificates available to people who may not have photo i.d. cards, only 105 of them have been issued, which belies liberal claims that there are '800,000' Texans who don't have photo i.d.
Many people who don't have photo i.d. are elderly people, frequently nursing home residents, who have allowed their drivers license and other i.d. to lapse. People over 70 can vote by mail in Texas, which means photo i.d. is not required.
Steen said many people who appeared at DPS offices or at mobile offices set up by the Secretary of State's office to get an EIC were told that they don't need one, because many presented a drivers license to prove their eligibility to vote.
Steen said the early voting on the constitutional amendment election, which ends tomorrow, has gone smoothly, and he says this was a good test for next year's candidate elections, when the turnout is expected to be far larger.
Steen did say there is no evidence that Voter I.D. has prevented any cases of voter fraud, which is the reason the Legislature passed it in the first place.