Thursday, October 24, 2013

Texas Tech Glitches

They’re not just for Obamacare.

A Texas district judge who has been voting for the past five decades was almost barred from the polls Tuesday, thanks to the state’s newly implemented, stricter voter ID law. The law kicked in on Tuesday as early voting in Texas’ November 5 election began.

As she told local channel KIII News, 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts was flagged for possible voter fraud because her driver’s license lists her maiden name as her middle name, while her voter registration form has her real middle name. This was the first time she has ever had a problem voting in 49 years. “What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote,” she said.

In fairness, this isn’t a technical problem.  In the matter of voter suppression that is the subtext of these laws in the name of preventing voter fraud, this is a feature, not a bug.

6 barks and woofs on “Texas Tech Glitches

  1. Interesting related commentary on BJ on the theoretical side of this yesterday. In that discussion the theory went that the “Voter Fraud” movement simultaneously holds the franchise in such high reverence that any single fraudelent vote falls under High Crimes, and in such disregard that the disenfranchisement of thousands of legal voters is of no consequence. They fight to make sure “every vote is legal” yet they do nothing to ensure that every legally-entitled voter has every tool and opportunity made available to exercise the right. Quite compelling, especially given this concrete example.

  2. And she was probably sputtering that “those laws don’t apply to white Christians….”

    Too bad, so sad, your dishonor. Your community “standards” instituted these laws, so now you’ll have to live with them.

    Go cry into your Gadsden flag, moron.

  3. Mr618, you’re assuming an awful lot about the judge.

    The whole point of these laws, though, is (as I see it) to turn back the clock and undo 100 years of progress. What Voting Rights Act? What 19th Amendment?

    • Julie, it is less than 100 years since we COULD vote. If someone wants to keep me from me voting, they have a fight on their hands. Too many brave women fought to give us that right.

  4. Tomorrow I find out if my own attempt to vote meets the same fate. For me, it’s the old “middle name vs. middle initial” problem: if my middle name were “Xavier” (which it isn’t), my driver’s license would show it as “XAVIER” and my voter certificate would show it as “X.” To this point, the only consequence has been my getting twice as many jury summonses as everyone else. Trouble voting? I’ll let you know tomorrow.

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