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NPT Capitol: Chavez: Voter ID bill “will disenfranchise many El Pasoans”

State Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, has spoken out against the Voter ID legislation the Senate is poised to pass and hand over to the House next week. The Senate spent 23 hours jostling over the Republican backed bill on Tuesday/Wednesday, it being voted out of committee along party lines.

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of senior citizens in El Paso have been voting for decades at places such as the Chelsea Senior Center, Pooley and Buen Samaritano. Many of them do not have driver’s licenses or state-issued photo identification cards,” Chávez said in a press release yesterday evening.

Chavez cited research by the Brennan Centre for Justice that said, 16% of Hispanic voting-age citizens, 18% of over 65s and 15% of citizens earning $35,000 or less do not have a photo ID: “These citizens would not be able to vote should SB 362 become law,” said Chavez. The press release also cited research that found, “states with voter ID laws had a reduced turnout overall by 3%, 10% among Hispanics and 5.7% among African-Americans.”*

“Requiring citizens to pay for state-issued photo identification is a modern-day poll tax,” said Chávez.

*Chavez’s press release said the research was, “prepared by Rutgers and Ohio State Universities for the Federal Election Assistance Commission.”

Ben Wright

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 12, 2009 at 8:29 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Why don’t the law makers offer to pay for the IDs of senior citizens – if its that big a deal. I’m sure, overall, it really wouldn’t be that much of an expense, especially if you compare it to how much a botched election could cost us if we don’t require IDs.


    March 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

  2. I have to question the number of seniors without a photo ID. Many of these elderly live in public housing, collect medicare/medicaid benefits, utilize Lonestar cards, etc. All of these benefits require ID. The proposed law would also utility bills to prove identity. Their is no requirement to prove eligibity to vote. That can be checked/challenged after voting.

    Ken G

    March 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm

  3. Norma Chavez is World Class Stupid and has no business representing El Paso in the house. The people in Austin hate her…


    March 15, 2009 at 7:28 am

  4. Paying for the Senior Citizen’s id cards – that would be helpful for them. But everyone should have some sort of identification on them, I don’t see how this could stop people from voting – unless they are illegals.


    March 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

  5. Is not Norma Chavez a policitical activist that was very active in the San Diego Area where she supported all illegals. These illegals, without picture ID, are the ones that voted her in and she does not want her voted discredited.


    March 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

  6. Norma is an idiot more interested in protecting illegal aliens than American citizens. If you cannot take the time to secure a legitimate photo ID, then you have no business voting.
    Maybe if we had a national voting ID, we would not have elected King Osama


    March 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

  7. I’m sorry – but the name calling just doesn’t do it for me. Is there a time in which we don’t call people names, just point out the problem and maybe give a solution in its place?


    March 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm

  8. Norma is still an IDIOT!! Have you heard her on the radio? She sounds like a giggly teeny-bopper!Grow Up!!

    Gene Gonzalez

    March 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

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