In the state of Texas in order to get a driver's license, one is required to have a social security card. In order to get a social security card one must have a birth certificate...certified copy, in fact. In order to get a Texas State Picture Identification card, which looks similar to a driver's license, one must have a social security card.
In essence...it is a system that pretty much is proof that anybody with a drivers license or Texas Picture ID...is a citizen.
Until about Aug 2012...Texans could be asked for an official picture ID in order to vote. That was shutdown by a Federal District Court, which stated the following:
And a greater reality was that the State Texas couldn't really provide sufficient evidence that there were very many true incidents of voting fraud.A Texas law that would have required voters to show photo identification, ruling that the legislation would impose “strict, unforgiving burdens” on poor minority voters.
Describing the law as the most stringent in the country, the unanimous decision by a three-judge panel marks the first time that a federal court has blocked a voter-ID law. It will reverberate politically through the November elections. Republicans and Democrats have been arguing over whether tough voter-ID laws in a number of states discriminate against African Americans and Hispanics.
The panel at the U.S. District Court in Washington ruled that Texas had failed to show that the statute would not harm the voting rights of minorities in the state. In addition, the judges found that evidence indicated that the cost of obtaining a photo ID to vote would fall most heavily on African American and Hispanic voters.
Evidence submitted by Texas to prove that its law did not discriminate was “unpersuasive, invalid, or both,” David S. Tatel, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, wrote in the panel’s 56-page opinion. Voting Rights Act cases must be decided by a special panel of three federal judges.
The ruling followed a decision Tuesday by another three-judge panel in Washington that found the Republican-controlled Texas legislature had intentionally discriminated against Hispanics in drawing new legislative districts.
Exactly how many incidents of voting fraud would it take to alter...say a presidential election? And given that we have an electoral college system...how many states would have to have enough fraudulent votes to gain enough electoral votes to ensure a win for a specific candidate?
In Congressional races...to get a specific candidate in office based on fraudulent votes...would be extremely difficult. Manipulating votes in a state like Texas, which has 254 counties...would require a very, very organized effort to alter primaries and/or main election periods.
Elected officials have found way more effective means of altering election outcomes.
Who are the real frauds....the voters...or the politicians? I vote the latter.