Monday, July 29, 2013

Gene Chapman v. Gregg Abbott: Voter ID

Gregg Abbott states on his web site:

Voter fraud in Texas and throughout our country is real, and Greg Abbott believes that we need to enact strong Voter ID laws in Texas to prevent cheating at the ballot box and ensure integrity in the electoral system. While critics argue that Voter ID laws suppress votes, the U.S. Supreme Court has already approved Voter ID as a legal, nondiscriminatory response to voter fraud.

Voter ID laws do not prevent legal votes. Instead, they ensure legal votes are not discounted by illegal ones. Every state that has implemented Voter ID laws has seen an increase in minority voter participation and there’s no reason not to expect the same in Texas.
The Department of Justice was attempting to stop implementation of voter ID laws including the Texas law. General Abbott filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder. Arguing that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is flawed and undermines the principle of sovereignty.
On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court determined in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder that Section 4, which subjected Texas to preclearance by the Justice Department, was unconstitutional. That very day, General Abbott announced that Texas would implement its duly passed Voter ID law.
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Gene Chapman's reply:

In a letter exchange with Congressman John Lewis last year (the man who got his head beaten in by police on the Selma March), he told me that there are more reports of alien sightings each year than there are voter fraud reports.  That tells me that voter suppression is the real mission of voter ID laws. 

Also, before I was a Gandhian, I was a Inerrantist/ Fundamentalist Christian.  I helped Aaron Russo get the Revelation 13:16 scene in his movie, America:  Freedom To Fascism.  Mr. Abbott, who seems to like religion, might want to muse that scene before he pushes ID's for people too much more. 

Gene Chapman,
Tolstoyan-Gandhian Libertarian Candidate for Texas Governor
(Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky, Intellectual of the Age)