The law requiring an ID to vote in Texas was supposedly to prevent voter fraud. It seemed like a reasonable law except for two things: 1) voter fraud is apparently extremely rare and has no effect on state- or nation-wide election; and 2) the law requires voters to pay for a certified copy of their ID. Opponents see it as a way to discriminate against the poor and minorities.
The law was blocked for almost a year by a court decision, then another decision seemingly let it stand.
It’s interesting to note that leaders among Democrats, who rely on the votes of minorities, are generally opposed to such laws whereas Republicans, who rely on the votes of well-to-do Caucasians, are in favour. Does this come down to representing your constituents, or motivated self-interest?
Image of United States and Texas flags is public domain and cropped from the University of Houston Digital Library.