The powers that be in Texas may be up to the same old tricks this cycle, according to reports out of Clear Lake. MOMocrats has the full story about possible voter suppression tactics in an area recently plagued by hurricanes. Here's an excerpt:
"A driver's license?" I asked, "They specified a driver's license?"
She confirmed it was a driver's license, not any other type of photo ID.
Earlier this year, back in March, there was a referendum on the table to require a photo ID to vote. However, the problem with that is technically it's a poll tax, since the IDs cost (money and time). You can't charge people to vote. However, even that referendum didn't require a driver's license, just an official photo identification card.
These poll workers stated that they required a driver's license, according to my friend. When she asked, they said she didn't have to show hers to them to vote.
Next, I talked to another friend who voted that same day at that same place. She reported the exact same experience.
"Did they tell you they had to have your driver's license?" I asked.
"Yeah, they did," she said.
"Did they scan the back of it?"
"Yeah, they did," she said again.
"Did they tell you that you had a choice, and that they didn't need the license?"
"No, I just figured the rules had changed," she said.
Keep in mind that you do not have to participate in this practice. There is no voter ID law in this state, and if you present a valid voter registration card, you do not have to show another form of identification unless you are a first-time voter.