NPT Capitol: After much speculation, Voter ID showdown set for Saturday
SB 362, the Voter ID bill, is first up on the House Calendar for Saturday. Check out the Calendar here. More information to follow.
Update: Letter from Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie after the jump.
Dear fellow Democrat,
The Republican Voter ID bill, SB 362, has been placed on the Texas House calendar for this Saturday. It is critical that your State Representative and House Speaker Joe Straus hear your opposition to this unnecessary, partisan legislation.
Call your State Representative and let him or her know you oppose SB 362 because it has nothing to do with voter fraud and everything to do with using the reins of government to gain partisan advantage by making it harder for certain Texans to vote.
Follow this link to locate contact information for your Representative.
SB 362 is opposed by nonpartisan groups like the League of Women Voters and AARP. The only form of voter fraud that a Voter ID bill would address – voter impersonation – is virtually non-existent. What’s worse, Voter ID will take up time and create bitter division in our Texas House, making it harder to address legitimate issues like insurance reform, cutting college tuition and reining in skyrocketing utility rates.
House Speaker Joe Straus must decide whether it’s worth undermining the House’s ability to resolve urgent priorities in order to placate members of the extreme right wing, who value their narrow partisan agenda ahead of seeking progress for all Texans.
Call Speaker Straus’ office and tell him to focus the House’s efforts on real priorities instead of threatening Texans’ right to vote.
When talking with your State Rep. and Speaker Straus, here are some helpful talking points on Voter ID: Thank you for helping us protect Texans’ voting rights – and thank you for being Democrats.
Your fellow Democrat,
Boyd L. Richie
Boyd L. Richie
Texas Democratic Pa