Texas recently engaged in a lawsuit titled Texas v. Attorney General Eric Holder to enact a Voter ID Law requiring voters to present a valid ID in order to vote. The law itself is controversial, as many critics argue it will further detract from the decreasing voter turnout rate. Advocates aim to eliminate voter fraud. Somewhere in the middle lies the debate of costs weighed against benefits. Judge Napolitano claims that the law would be invalidated by the federal court.
“My gut is it will be invalidated and I think it will be
invalidated because I believe that the Justice Department will be able to show
that this will have an unfair burden on the elderly, the poor, and the minorities. Not that it was intended to do so, but it will have that practical
effect and, if the court finds that, it will invalidate it and then the old
rule of a utility bill, or anything you have showing where you live, will be
sufficient for this November’s election.” - Mediaite
While this is true, one must consider the voter fraud rate in Texas. Indiana already enforces one such law as of 2008, and it was not deemed discriminatory of the previously mentioned demographics. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reported that he had 50 cases of voter fraud convictions in recent years. In fact, many argue that such a voter ID law would decrease voter turnout, yet history shows that voter turnout has actually increased since these laws were enacted in other states. Texas even offers free ID cards, therefore rendering no voter rights violated. He additionally argues that citizens must present an ID cashing checks or entering government buildings via USA Today.
Abbott brings an interesting point to the table. If we use our ID for casual everyday activities, why would we not want the same security applied to our votes? If other states have enacted these laws effectively, who is to say Texas should not be permitted? Voting is something to be taken very seriously and elects officials that represent us in crucial decisions. I for one believe that the Texas Voter ID Law is constitutional and be a part of Texas voting requirements.