November 5 vote on constitutional amendments marks the first major election since the Texas Voter Photo ID law went into effect. I oppose this law as written because I think it’s unnecessary and imposes a difficult burden on some Texans. In fact, a federal court previously blocked implementation of the law, ruling that it would unfairly discriminate against poor Texans and minorities. The federal government is also currently suing the state of Texas to block the photo ID requirement.
However, until the legal case has concluded, voter photo ID is the law and I want to make sure that all voters have the required identification so that they will not be turned away from the polls.