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Comments from Debbie Riddle

Our entire democracy depends on the integrity of our ballot box. If even one person is allowed to cast a fraudulent vote by misrepresenting their identity at the polling place, then that fraudulent vote has effectively cancelled out the vote of a law abiding citizen and destroyed that citizen's opportunity to participate in our democratic system. We require photo IDs to board planes, write checks, even rent DVDs. It only seems right that we would afford the elections that produce the leaders of our republic the same level of protection. HB 16 seeks to do that by requiring one form of photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID to participate in an election in Texas.

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(Bastrop County) February 15, 2011, 12:33 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
@poetrydiva, would your 2-document proposal apply to all of us?? If so, I'd probably never be able to vote again.
(Harris County) February 1, 2011, 3:05 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
"A valid employee identification card that conatins the person's photograph and is issued by an employer of the person in the ordinary course of the employer's business..." <--- anybody can print an ID!!! It's a step in the right direction, but I like Rep. Smith's version better.
(Cass County) January 18, 2011, 11:16 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
This bill has too many loopholes that would allow an illegal to vote. For example: an illegal can have a photo student ID from a college or an ID from employment, an illegal can have documentation of address from getting food stamps, etc...we all know they don't check legal resident status for those things. Oh yeah...illegals are also able to get drivers licenses and they can also get social security cards, even if they are phony. Voter ID needs to be photo ID in combination with a certified birth certificate or naturalization papers (if the photo ID is a driver's license) or a US Passport with photo.
( County) January 18, 2011, 8:05 am Thumbs Up report abuse
@taxpayer - You will probably learn more about the problems with mail in ballots when the election challenge happens over the Donna Howard race. Dana DeBeauvoir got creative on that one.
(Travis County) January 18, 2011, 4:43 am Thumbs Down report abuse
This is a fear bill from the right. My understanding is that there is very little voter fraud, but the right wants to look tough on illegals so this is added with added expense to make its supporters and Texas look tough. Sorry I don't have sources that indicate my opinion is correct. @FiftycalTx Will you give me some of your sources indicating there is a lot of fraud? Or anyone. Thanks.
(Travis County) January 17, 2011, 8:38 pm report abuse
This was one of the first photo ID bills filed this session. And rumor is Rep. Riddle camped out to get a low bill number for it (among other bills she filed). But some of the later photo ID bills are in fact much tougher from the GOP point of view in terms of being "true" photo ID bills.
(Van Zandt County) January 17, 2011, 7:41 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
This bill allows forms of ID that are readily available to those who are not legally eligible to vote. This bill is not tough enough and will not solve the problem. I will not support half measure proffered by RINO's!
(Travis County) January 17, 2011, 5:56 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
How can this bill make it "difficult to vote"? This and changing the procedure for mail in voting will stop some of the rampant voter fraud that goes on.
(Nueces County) January 17, 2011, 4:41 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
This is designed to make it difficult for people to vote. We are already 50th in voter participation. Does the state want to put a picture on the voter registration card?
(Dallas County) January 16, 2011, 7:12 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Important bill. I hope it gets debated on the floor early to prevent any shenanigans from derailing it.
(McLennan County) January 16, 2011, 4:23 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
I agree with the others that this bill does not go far enough. I would like a much stronger Voter ID bill! Voting is the most sacred act we commit in the US and it should NOT be available to illegals, resident aliens or others who are not permitted to vote here.
(Travis County) January 15, 2011, 12:44 am Thumbs Up report abuse
This bill does not go far enough. Banks statements, utility bills, etc. should not still be able to count ad ID. Also, this would allow a student ID from a school to be valid. Oh, and a court order of someones sex change is allowable. What??? These all can be easily forged. Oh and yeah! There are illegals at our universities and public schools all across the state. But this is the 'toughest', so I guess I will begrudgingly support it.
(Tarrant County) January 14, 2011, 1:49 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
In this country and state, you need an ID to board an airplane, buy alcohol, spray paint, or duct tape, open a bank account, see a rated R movie, rent a car, write a check, and countless other things. It only makes sense to prove who you are when you cast your vote at the ballot box.
Capitol Horn
(Hays County) January 5, 2011, 1:41 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I'm voting yes now but I will change my vote if this legislation is weakened in committee.
Clever Nickname
(Hays County) January 5, 2011, 1:22 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
I support a voter ID bill but I am concerned about the possible cost of Sec. 14 (d) to the state in this bad budget environment. I'll hold my vote until I feel more comfortable with the costs of the bill and get a chance to see if there are better ways to accomplish the same goals. I strongly agree that we need some sort of Voter ID bill.
(Travis County) November 18, 2010, 8:59 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
If we have any desire to protect our border, then this bill (or something like it) is essential. I only hope (wish) that the federal government could get off thier duff so we wouldn't have to use state tax dollar to make up for the failure of the feds.
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