A recent article in the Latin Post is claiming that the new voter identification laws in Texas are geared towards rejecting Black and Latino voters. The article sates that these newly passed laws are seen to be some of the most restrictive laws in the United States.
One member of the local NAACP, Edna Griggs, noticed that in the 2012 elections, poll watchers were not allowing her to bring water of chairs to many African-American senior citizens. This seemed reminiscent of the first elections where African-Americans were allowed to vote, but many poll watchers forced a fee for them to enter the voting booths.
The president of the Texas NAACP, Gary Bledsoe, fears that the news laws will cause poll watchers to act discriminatory towards minority voters. Many fear that this will take away from the minority vote in for the upcoming midterm elections, as minority voters do not want this type of mistreatment when heading into the voting polls.
On the other side, Texas voting officials saw that these new voter ID laws are not discriminatory in any way. The purpose of these new laws is to prevent illegal voters from voting. The Voter Integrity Project and other conservative grassroots organizations have advocated for these new laws, saying that this will help screen for voter fraud and find fraud at homes. North Carolina has scrapped same-day registration and enforced photo IDs.
The article states that these new laws primarily target potential voters in low0income areas and college campuses. These laws came into effect in Texas in 2011. Several of these voting laws have been challenged across the country as minorities feel that they are being unfairly discriminated against in many strongly conservative areas.
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