TX Senator Pathetically Takes to Twitter to Mock Thousands of Americans Who Won’t Be Able to Vote

john-cornyn-2Voter ID laws, or as I like to call them the modern day poll tax, have sparked quite the debate these last few years. In fact, I was forced to pay a poll tax in Texas this year before I was allowed to vote. Since Republicans can’t just outright charge Americans for their right to vote, they’ve found a loophole to charge poll taxes with these new strict voter ID laws. Because when it comes right down to it, Americans are having to pay for the proper identification that’s required for them to legally submit their vote.


So, are Americans being charged for their right to vote? Not directly, but instead they’re having to pay various fees for the right documentation or identification so that they’ll be allowed to vote.

But most Republicans I’ve encountered on this issue simply don’t get it. I don’t care if most Americans have an ID or that you need an ID to do other things like buy a gun (at least in some cases) or open a bank account. I don’t even care if someone should already have a copy of their birth certificate “because they’re an adult.”

None of that matters. 

It is unconstitutional and illegal to charge Americans for their right to vote.

End of story.

This isn’t a debatable issue. There’s no “Yeah, but…” response to this. The moment an American is required to pay anything for their right to vote, that’s unconstitutional. It doesn’t matter if the polling place is charging one penny to get in to vote – that’s illegal. 

The amount charged doesn’t matter. Whether it’s $0.01 or $1,000,000, you cannot charge an American for their right to vote.

Well, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) took to Twitter recently to mock tens of thousands of Americans who won’t be allowed to vote this year because for whatever reason they lack the proper identification.


The senator tweeted:

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Like I said, they just don’t get it.

She’s lucky she has time to take off work (if she works) to go down and get a new ID. Many Americans can’t afford to miss work. Hell, she’s lucky she has the money to pay for a new ID. That’s something else many Americans living in poverty don’t have.

But it all comes back to the very fundamental issue that Senator Cornyn actually exposed with this tweet: Texas voter ID laws are poll taxes.

Think about it. He claims his wife lost her ID. That being said, could she vote unless she paid for another ID (or at least at some point paid for a birth certificate to get a “free” Election Identification Certificate)?

The answer is simple: No, she couldn’t.

So here we have a U.S. Senator admitting that his wife will have to purchase an ID, which she will be required to show in order to vote in Texas.

No matter how these Republicans want to try to spin these unconstitutional voter ID laws, they’re poll taxes – plain and simple.

And without thinking, John Cornyn actually admitted as much with his pathetic tweet mocking those Americans who won’t be able to exercise their right to vote this November because of these unconstitutional laws.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Brett Lewis

    Que Right wing posters claiming everyone can afford an ID. And more we only want to follow the constitution when it serves us arguments.

  • Macdoodle

    No ID No Vote!Simple as that.

    • Weee!

      A driver’s license or state-issued ID (for those who cannot drive) is more than enough of an ID.

      • P

        Those cost money, which was the point of the article

      • Mbagrad02

        They are acceptable under Texas Law

    • Elkan Kirkling

      Simple as bullshit.

    • Nicole Wilson

      You all missed the point of the article, didn’t you? (except for P).

      • Steve Brains

        And what was that point? That Cornyn is laughing @ America and reveling in having gamed the system, rigged an election and committed yet even more heinous racist crimes?
        That was a given in the Title.
        ?

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      REALLY? My wish for you is that you wake up tomorrow poorer than poor and have NO ONE to help you do anything at all. You are a useless waste of space and a sick example of a good human being. Pitiful!

    • Stephen Barlow

      No Birth Certificate, no GUNS!!!!
      No backround check, NO GUNS!!!

      Imagine having to PRESENT a certified copy of you POLICE RECORD to a gun store owner dated within the last 72 HOURS for ANY gun purchase application!!!!????

      THAT is a real world equivalent.

      VOTING is a Constitutionally PROTECTED RIGHT, just as ABORTIONS and BIRTH CONTROL and mixed marriages are.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        No background check, no guns.

      • Stephen Barlow

        But FORCING THE GUN PURCHASER to go to the POLICE, ASK for a Criminal Records check (which will turn up any wants and warrants, resulting in IMMEDIATE detention and/or arrest) and presenting it to the Gun Dealer within 72 hours for a valid purchase….

        You can SEE how THAT would keep legal guns out of the hands of criminals? it means that ONLY legal GUN BUYERS are providing LEGAL GUNS to CRIMINALS in a CRIMINAL enterprise!!!!

      • Mbagrad02

        But it , like voter ID s discourages citizens free exercise of their constitutionally guaranteed rights

      • Mbagrad02

        Ok while I agree with background checks it can also be argued that they are just bad as voter IDs as both discourage the exercise of a Constitutionally protected right.

      • Macdoodle

        You still have to present a picture ID to buy a gun.No ID No Gun.Simple as that.

      • Steve Brains

        But a Gun license is no proof of citizenship. So it SHOULDn’t be a valid VOTER ID. PLUS their is NO Picture on it!!!!!
        HOW does Texas justify THAT hypocrisy?

      • Mbagrad02

        In Texas the only gun license is the Concealed Handgun License issued by the state establishing citizebship and it has a photo on it. To buy a firearm a valid state issued photo ID is required at point of sale

      • Judy Jackson

        ONLY if you buy from a registered firearms dealer. I guarantee that all those guys selling guns at the local flea market are NOT registered firearms dealers. ANYONE with cash in hand can buy a gun.

      • Mbagrad02

        True enough but those are few and far between . You would be surprised at how many flea market gun dealers have FFLs with the increased ATF and FBI presence at flea markets and gun shows

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        “You still have to present a picture ID to buy a gun.No ID No Gun.Simple as that.”

        Not necessarily true. There is no ID requirement for purchasing a gun from a “private seller”; i.e., purchasing a gun at a gun show or over the internet.

      • Mbagrad02

        Private seller transactions should be banned as this is how felons skirt the law .

      • Stephen Barlow

        Is there a picture on a Gun license?

      • Judy Jackson

        ONLY If you buy from a licensed firearms dealer. Go to ANY flea market in Texas & you can buy a gun with no ID.

      • Mbagrad02

        The ATF and FBI cruise flea markets looking for these private sellers. Here in my county at least

  • Pegel

    When I was twenty I only had my student ID which is not a valid ID in many states to vote. I didn’t drive, I walked or bicycled every where. I made a point to have an apartment that was close to the campus bus route and within walking distance to work and grocery store. I worked as a waitress so I dealt in all cash and paid my bills that way. Not enough money for bank account and not enough credit for credit cards. Having to go 40 miles with no transportation and pay money I don’t have to get a copy of my birth certificate and then travel another 10 miles to get an ID and pay for that and then get back home. Oh, did I mention that I took classes from 6am to 5pm M,W,F and worked double shifts (5am to10pm) T,R, and weekends so getting time off during business hours was impossible because I barley made ends meet already. No ID, No Vote is BS. You can’t tell me that this isn’t a poll tax. Voting should be mandatory and easy for everyone.

    • Randall Layman

      These problems are shortlived … while the Senator’s wife is going out and getting an ID, the Spanish population is going out and changing the demographics. Texas will be a Democratic state soon enough.

  • barefoot bob

    Cornyn is just another, greedy, fascist, reich-wing, morally vapid, asshole, no more, no less.

    • Jesús B Ochoa

      dammit,bob, you forgot bigot, which he proved time and again as a judge.

      • barefoot bob

        Gee, Jesus, I thought morally vapid covered that, sorry.

    • Mbagrad02

      He is the lesser of our two evils in Texas. Cruz is SCARY!

  • L Paul Beck

    What part of this can Republicans not get? It is unconstitutional and illegal and downright unamerican to charge Americans for their right to vote.
    If a state requires a photo ID to vote then the state must provide that photo ID for FREE!

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      And that free id must be easily obtainable. And supporting documentation must be free and easily obtainable.

      • Jim Bean

        The Left want EVERYTHING to be ‘free and easily obtainable.’

      • disqus_3PpI2W1DX9

        Unlike the “perfect” TeaPublican/evangelical/neanderthal/kochbots…is that what you mean Jim Bean? Can you explain why a university issued ID is not valid but a gun lic is? Both are issued by the same state entity…could it be because the above mentioned group doesn’t want college students voting but sure do want the gun guys to vote…could it be more obvious? This is just voter suppression no matter what name it goes by…and we know it and YOU know it.

      • Steve Brains

        Funny thing is, no one NEEDS to be a US Citizen to buy a gun, have a permit or a hunting license.

        Why a gun license and not a fishing license?

        Why NOT a VOTER ID CARD? A Registered, photo ID specifically for voting?

        … because if Greg Abbott had to ISSUE a valid ID, then he couldn’t MISSPELL names or alter the voter’s rolls without an ACTUAL RECORD OF IT!!!!

        Imagine if ALL of Rick Scott’s voter purges in Florida over the last 4 years HAD PHOTOS to PROVE the ID and signature of ALL the people THE REDS REALLY defrauded of the RIGHT TO VOTE!!!!

        How much JAIL TIME would he get for 400,000 counts of VOTER FRAUD @ “Voter fraud is a third-degree felony in Florida and carries a maximum penalty of $5,000 and five years in prison.”

        $2,000,000,000 (Billion) and 2,000,000 (Million) YEARS. Why, his head might hatch by the time he got out!

      • benanov

        Because white people had to go and screw it up and not let people they didn’t like vote. That’s why.

      • Mbagrad02

        Don’t demonize an entire race for what Republicans’ actions

      • benanov

        Learn your history. The racist party of the south was the Democrats aka the Dixiecrats.

        I’m not demonizing modern white people. Just white people back then.

      • Mbagrad02

        Understood. But also understand that Dixiecrats became the Southern arm of the GOP we have today mixed with the Moral Majority and Cristian Coalition from the 80s. The Democrats of the 50s changed their tune in the 60s thanks to a tall Texan known as LBJ

      • dantes342

        They’re doing a pretty good job of it themselves.

      • Colleen A Shea

        Pretty sure blacks got the right to vote before women did, legally anyway.

      • Mbagrad02

        Oh WOW! When was Abbott convicted of 400k counts of voter fraud? I missed that on MSNBC obviously . I am glad I voted against him if he was convicted!

      • Mbagrad02

        Student workers have access to those IDs and can pring them for their friends

      • Mike Reichart

        and you know how easy it is to get a guns liscense for a convict fellon through a gun show because at a gun show. you dont have to do a background check of the purchasee

      • Mbagrad02

        Texas not federal law requires private sellers to do background checks (needs to change) but there are several vendors at gun shows who have FFLs and as such are required to do background checks

      • Mike Reichart

        several vendors do them. but out of how many at Gun shows. actually do. i gaurantee you that at a gun show. out of every 10 vendors there 2 of them do background checks,

        so lets see that means 20% out of every dealer at a gun show does a background check thus. if someone goes to the guy who says i gotta do a BG Check. that person is gonna go and say ive changed my mind and go to another dealer at the show who may not.

        I mean say at a gun show there is like 100 dealers and 15 of them are doing background checks. that means there is 85 not doing them. those 15 of them who do them arent gonna be able to get around to the other 85 who arent to notify them of a potential guy who is trying to get around a background check to get a gun

      • Mike Reichart

        yeah i like to know why a student ID Card isnt valid but you sure as hell can use your Gun Liscense

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        This leftist doesn’t “want EVERYTHING to be ‘free and easily obtainable.'”. Just the voting access ID that is required by these states that are trying to cure a statistically insignificant problem by disenfranchising a statistically significant portion of the US population.

      • Mbagrad02

        The equal number of people who CAN’T as opposed to WON’T can also be argued as “statistically insignificant”. However the integrity of the voting process for those who are registered WITH the proper ID is every bit as significant as those who truly can’t get an ID to vote but a voter ID law this stringent is NOT the solution.

      • Me

        That sir, is absolutely not true, but what we do want is for our system of laws to pass Constitutional muster. Asking that stumbling blocks not be placed in the path of people who wish to vote in a free and fair election is hardly demanding that everything be “free and easily obtainable” and you know that.

      • Mbagrad02

        Where in the Constitution of state or federal government does it mandate that voting requirements “free and obtainable “

      • dantes342

        Where does it say that it shouldn’t be? It’s a constitutional right. You shouldn’t have to pay to exercise a right under the constitution.

      • Mbagrad02

        Just like the fees that go with the to KEEP and BEAR arms too right? No right should have a cost to exercise .

        In Texas the birth certificate fee is waived to get an Election ID Card which is FREE too so what cost is charged to vote ?

      • CMGill

        The birth certificate fee is NOT waived. The Guardian has a lovely story of a man named Eric Kennie, born and raised in Austin, TX, who attempted to get a valid ID. He had to pay $23 for his birth certificate.

        Apparently I can not post links here. The story is easily found using Google.

      • Mbagrad02

        They have to go to the DPS to get the fee waiver and it is only good for an EIC.

      • Colleen A Shea

        Article VI in the Constitution and the 24th Amendment.

      • Mike Reichart

        and the right want EVERYTHING to be “Hard to get and expensive to get”

      • Mbagrad02

        600k died during the Civil War and 400k during WW II to protect our right to vote paying the highest price for the right to vote . Is it too much to ask people to go get a FREE ID ???

        In “American Crisis” Revolutionary writer Thomas Paine wrote in 1776 that “… the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: ”

        What get too easy we do not fully appreciate

      • dantes342

        It’s a lot for some. That’s enough. How many of those thousands of dead would appreciate their descendants being shafted out of a vote because of a cynical ploy that Republicans KNOW will keep many poor and older people from being able to vote? Minority voters have fucking fought ENOUGH.

      • Mbagrad02

        Agreed but they would also want to protect the integrity of the system so that every voter knows he or she is the only person voting on their name.

        However there has to be a more equitable way of doing it than a system that discourages people from voting

      • Kim Serrahn

        no we don’t, we just want fairness

      • Jim Bean

        Like you did for Hobby Lobby? Like you did for George Zimmerman? Like you did for the Tea Party?

      • Kim Serrahn

        You’re talking to the wrong person about that crap. I’m a feminist liberal Democrat. What Hobby F**King Lobby got away with was nothing but pure B***S**T. And don’t get me started on Zimmerman, he puts slime to shame. As for the tea party I hope they all get Diabetes from all that sweet tea they drink.

      • Jim Bean

        You are a highly judgmental person.

      • Kim Serrahn

        Yep… At my age I’m allowed to be.

      • Jim Bean

        Actually, I’m no spring chicken either and what I expect from my peers is that they gather and refuse to reject the wisdom that naturally accumulates with age.

      • Kim Serrahn

        Not gonna happen. To may of us old farts have turned away from critical thinking because hey we did our time. They have turned aside to sit and watch as our country is effectively neutered buy the media. They believe what they are spoon fed by those at places like Fox. I see the not teaching these new generations but actually hurting them. Back in the 60’s we all believed in fair and equal treatment for all but now those that lived though those times seem to want to forget, and that makes me sad. So since my peers get to lambaste me in one from or another, I get to return the favor.

      • mrcondo

        The leap from “the right to vote” to a blanket everything is ridiculous. The pointbis, it’s illegal. Luckily for you, stupidity isn’t.

      • marymorrison

        The supporting documentation is not free, and it can cost as much as $200 or more, especially if the person is elderly and was born at home. In fact, if they were born at home, it can be unobtainable.

    • Mike Reichart

      the republicans dont care.its just more money for the koch brothers in some form or another

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    I just don’t get how republicans that not only agree with this nonsense (because they’ve been convinced that “voter fraud” is going on) but push it every chance they get can’t KNOW that there ACTUALLY ARE people who don’t have the money, transportation, or ANYONE to help them out in this situation!! My Mom and Dad—who were staunch republicans when the party wasn’t completely loony– would be sickened by what this country has become! I am 75 years old and I have NEVER EVER seen anything like this. It is SO embarrassing for our country to force people that would dearly love to be able to vote to have to stay home because they had no help in getting an appropriate ID. SOME PEOPLE REALLY ARE POOR!! They don’t know where their next meal is coming from—–republicans—-what DON”T you understand about that? Oh let’s see—-could it be that the repubs don’t WANT them to vote????? Surely not! HA!

    • Madge

      But there IS voter fraud Marilyn! The GOP practice it every day! 🙂

    • Steve Brains

      How are they going to behave when, in 20 years, you are going to have to sign an affidavit for all the arrests, convictions and unsolved crimes you have committed BEFORE you get a Voter’s ID…

    • Mbagrad02

      Young Men and women of my granfather’s generation (WWII POW) and my great great great grandfather (Civil War) VOLUNTEERED to fight tyranny that would threaten our right to vote suffered in far greater terms . My grandfather was wounded twice by Nazi gunfire and held as a POW for six months and then sent to CA to get ready for thd mainland invasion of Japan at 19 years old. My great great great grandfathers fought his way through Little Round Top at Gettysburg and the Battle of the Wilderness only to be taken POW and die of dysentery in Richmond,VA at Bell Isle POW camp.

      Is it too much to ask those who haven’t made these sacrifices to make this one?

      • dantes342

        My forefathers were either forbidden to vote or, after they’d won the right to after the Civil War, were de facto forbidden through poll taxes and corrupt “literacy” tests and grandfather clauses.

        I don’t want to see these kinds of backdoor ways to make it more difficult to vote. It’s a violation of everything our forefathers, yours and mine, suffered and fought for. If you can’t see that you need to hit the history books — it’s about way more than someone being too ‘lazy’ to get an ID.

      • Mbagrad02

        Totally agree. Our ancestors did not sacrifice their lives to preserve the Union and to get the 13-15th amendments ratified only to see the integrity of the electoral process taken lightly.

        I oppose ID laws but there has to be a better more equitable method of verifying every voter is eligible to cast that vote as who he or she says she is. The ID Laws are not poll taxes as they are free but the process required to get one is near impossible for some but at the same time there has to be integrity in the system otherwise there will always be suspicion of the validity of the electoral process.

        I don’t know what is the solution but there has to be a better way.

      • dantes342

        But the way it is now is FINE. This whole controversy has been ginned up by Republicans to discredit any Democratic wins. You can see the evidence all over the place, in study after study: there is NO wide-ranging voter fraud based on people assuming other identities to vote. There just isn’t. It’s a phony problem invented and pushed to create panic on the right and justify the restriction of the franchise, centered on those who, coincidentally, typically vote Democratic.

        You are arguing for a solution that has no problem behind it, just a con game.

  • Steve Blake

    The real problem with voter ID is the fact that one needs a Government Issued identification card. Work IDs, student IDs even if they have a picture don’t count. You must apply to the government to obtain the means to vote for that government. Does no one see the danger in that?

    • Stephen Barlow

      My problem with voter ID is the ABUSE OF POWER Racist, Sexist and all other prejudicist STATE GOVERNMENTS exercise in DENYING selected people the right to vote. a NATIONAL STANDARD needs to be established constitutionally making the RIGHT TO VOTE WITHOUT EXCEPTION the EQUAL RIGHT OF EVERY CITIZEN under the law.

      And if the Constitution is so critically and overwhelmingly FLAWED in a manner that prohibits the FREE and LEGITIMATE CHOOSING of the Government BY the People, then it is NO LONGER FUNCTIONAL. A NEW Constitution is a MUST for the America once dreamt of by most of us and enjoyed by only the select few Party Members who make whatever rules they see fit.

      • Mbagrad02

        The 10th amendment reserves voting qualifications to the states

    • Steve Brains

      But that is only in certain states. In Colorado, we have automated motorvotor registrations. it works like a charm, has a central Database with both signature AND PHOTO ID + ACCESS TO THE CRIMINAL RECORDS of felons and those NOT eligible to vote.

      We’ve had it for 30 years and the only voter fraud HERE was the company the RNC hired to DESTROY 250,000 registrations in seven states in 2012. And even cheating on THAT scale, the REDS got BEAT by that Dark Cloud in the white house.

    • Mbagrad02

      Cash a check ? Buy beer and smokes ? Open a bank account ? Fill out the I-9 for work? Drive a car? Apply for government benefits? Buy a gun at a retail store? Buy cold medicine ? To use your debit or CC?

      An official government issued ID is needed for these a hundreds more I have forgotten .

      • Steve Blake

        None of which are a Constitutional right.

      • Mbagrad02

        Ummm buying a gun (2nd Amendment right to KEEP and bear arms) IS a Constitutional right and Ifrom a constitutional rights perspective if you require an ID for one you should require it for another or none at all.

  • Stephen Barlow

    If they lost to obama THE SECOND TIME by FIVE MILLION VOTES AFTER gerrymandering, then they need a NEW WAY to CHEAT. Voter ID is the LAST STRAW on their camel. If they do NOT gain dictatorial power in THIS election, with all the rampant ACTUAL Covenmental (Secretaries of State closing polls, losing registrations, refusing to VALIDATE months old registrations, Governor’s mandating voter purges, the FNC contracting get out the vote crews to collect registrations and destroy them, etc), then they are doomed in the foreseeable political future.

    If A Cory Gardner can lie sweetly in his own “approved ad” sandwiched between COORDINATED EFFORTS by Karl Rove and other PACS (a criminal act) massive anti obama attack ads and complete fictions from the NRA talking about the MASSIVE MONEY being thrown into the Gun Control Debate (but not mentioning the 40 million dollars Karl, Rove the NRA and B-pac, the DARK MONEY Koch Group) in the last 90 days.

    Their theme? Udall is a lifetime Washington politician who is coming to take away your guns… and voted WITH Obama. (NOT AGAINST THE BIG RED KOCH MACHINE) is waging a ONE ISSUE campaign. And there are enough stupidublicans to believe every word of it.

    If THIS effort does not BUY the power in Washington for the REDMenace, then they will NEVER get control of American and the Sovietization process begun with the Patriot Act, then The America My family has fought and some died for shall not perish from this earth.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      Fortunately, gerrymandering has no effect on Senatorial and Presidential elections. At least, not yet. Republicans want to change that WRT Presidential elections.

      • Stephen Barlow

        REALLY???? I hear what you are saying, That the DIStricts choose Congresspersons. But let Me show you what you are NOT SEEING.

        Gerrymandering DEFINES the voting districts. In Austin, TX, one of the most liberal cities in AMERICA… They have only 1 of 6 Congressman that are NOT RED MENACE ARMY old guard GOPublicans. WHY? There is NO district FOR the city of Austin. But in all the Republicans strongholds… The GOP votes are conveniently concentrated within easy voting distance from a multitude of uncrowded polling places.

        It ia SPLIT in to 1/6ths, with 2 of the 3the Eastern districts extending up to 200 miles as far as DALLAS and Houston in narrow bands along specifically chosen roads.

        The Districts for Gohmert and Cruz are CONCENTRATED BLOCKS OF VOTERS in specific cities and their immediate suburbs. In Austin, the polling places are LIMITED, well spaced in rural areas beyond the suburbs and the Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has sole control of bot the Voter ID process, the Registration process, the Election Commission selection process and the redistricting.

        NOW THAT YOU LOOK atthe issue on a map and from the viewpoint of a VOTER of limited means… you tell Me how as single mother voter making minimum wage can get to the polls when public transportation DOESN’T take her there AND she can’t invest her CHILD’S FOOD BUDGET in a Certified birth certificate from Haiti (her birthplace) and a driver’s ;license with her EX HUSBAND’s name on it.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        I was not saying that gerrymandering has no effect. It definitely affects state level representation as well as US House representatives.

        However, you began your previous comment, “If they lost to obama THE SECOND TIME by FIVE MILLION VOTES AFTER gerrymandering, then they need a NEW WAY to CHEAT.” I was pointing out that gerrymandering has no effect on Presidential and Senatorial elections.

      • Stephen Barlow

        And I EXPLAINED HOW it affects the disenfranchised voter who is not granted GERRYMANDERED access to a convenient polling place. Which AFFECTS the Senate choices just as much as it does the Presidential and Gubernatorial.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        OK, I missed the point of your previous comment.

        Do you have links to studies about low density of polling places in non-compact, gerrymandered districts? I was unable to find any.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I tend to put too much in too small a space. It’s 40 years of reading too much and not watching enough 80’s TV reruns.

      • aloryandaneaglet

        hey stephen, are you in austin? i live near a polling place that is in a very high traffic area that is also very poor. there are 2 bus stops there that are always full. i went yesterday to vote and noticed the signs were gone. i called and found out that it was only open LAST WEEK. not this week at all. WHY ONLY ONE WEEK?? WHY was it closed a week early??? i was so angry it made me cry. i went to another place 10 minutes north of my house and the line was crazy. i didn’t have the time to wait. i’m so frustrated with this issue. i know so many apathetic non-voters. i understand the apathy because it’s so difficult. 🙁

      • Stephen Barlow

        Nope, but I saw the map ofthe GERRYMANDERING and Austin is split in 6 districts. NO other city in Texas is sub divided like yours. A district from the Downtown to DALLAS? Another from Down town to HOUSTON???

        If Texas courts weren’t so corrupt, this NEVER would have passed the diaperstink test.

      • Mbagrad02

        This is the problem with ELECTED partisan judges in Texas. They should be appointed for life as our founders intended to be free of partisan influence as much as possible

      • Mbagrad02

        Cruz is a Senator and as such HAS NO DISTRICT except for the entire state

      • Mbagrad02

        Fuzzy Bunny Feet wrote

        Gerrymandering DOES impact Presidential elections . The number of House seats determines electoral votes for each state . For example, as the northeast rust belt loses population for job rich southern states large numbers of House seats are lost as they are based on population . This could very well impact Presidential races as southern states gain house seats lost in northern states.

  • Eg Kbbs

    And what percentage of the poverty level do Cornyn and his wife make ?

    And how many aides does Cornyn have that can help his wife with any problems in getting the ID ?

    And if there should be a problem, how many other Texans can pick up their phone and contact the Texas Gov, Texas Reps, and the heads of various Texas Bureaus at a moment’s notice ?

    • Steve Brains

      Counting the Bribes?

    • Mbagrad02

      What is wrong with people being responsible for themselves?

  • ithey

    When a person registers to vote they could then be given a free voter ID which they need not show because they are already registered and their name shows up on the list at the polling place. If a person does not cheat, lie, or steal they can not be a republican.

    • Steve Brains

      Right then an there. The cost would be a dollar and LOOK!!!!! SEE!!!! How much voter fraud was PREVENTED!!!!

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      “When a person registers to vote they could then be given a free voter ID….”

      That is certainly a reasonable solution going forward.

      Now, how do we accommodate all the people who are already registered?

      • Mbagrad02

        with freedom comes responsibility which also means that if a person is going to vote they need to pay attention to the process. Unless they live in a cave most people have known this was coming since 2012.

    • Mbagrad02

      So anyone can walk in a polling place and claim to be me with not proof of verifying that the person standing there is not me

      • Stephen Barlow

        They need to sign, have the signature checked and you are given an anonymous ballot.

      • Mbagrad02

        I know I did that but there is no way of knowing if two ballots were cast fir the same voter . Even with an ID law the ballot is anonymous hence the law is flawed

    • Stephen Barlow

      hehehe

  • Fernando

    What else can you expect from a Texass Reuglycan! Remember, Louie loony Gohmert is also from there!

    • Mbagrad02

      Don’t remind us about Louie lol

  • Mbagrad02

    As much as I disagree with voter ID laws A little intellectual honesty from this author would be nice. The birth certificate AND ID are FREE . So no poll tax is being charged

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      Copies of birth certificates are not free.

      And the birth certificates of many of our older citizens cannot be found if they ever existed.

      • Stephen Barlow

        BINGO!!! In pennsylvania, nuns who have voted in the basement of their convent for 50 years were denied the right to vote by Pa’s Voter Suppression law. Until the FEDERAL judge could not lie enough for the Reds to get away with it and ruled the law unconstitutional. Greg Abbott in Texas has sued the FEDS 22 times over voter suppression rights in Texas.

    • Gael O’Brien

      Where do you live?! Copies of birth certificates here start at like 25 bucks, unless you want an “official” one that has the raised seal on it. That costs more.

      Driver’s licenses aren’t free either.

      • Stephen Barlow

        It costs Me $35 to get one from NJ.

    • Stephen Barlow

      That is NOT the truth in 4 States. IN Texas and Wisconsin, Courts ruled it WAS a poll tax. NC and GA are getting away with it because of the complete RED corruption in those States.

      • Mbagrad02

        The Texas ruling was overturned by a higher federal court and the opinion was just that

  • nbrewster68

    Dude, I’m a liberal democrat, and I agree with having to show I’d to vote. You can get a paper I’d from the bmv for free here in Indiana.

    • Me

      Getting an ID in Indiana may be a piece of cake for everyone in the state. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the case throughout the nation. Also, not everyone is in the position that they can easily go through the procedure required for certain kinds of ID. Even if it’s only a matter of a bus ride, that bus ride is still an obstacle for a person who cannot afford bus fare, and an obstacle is an obstacle that is very real even if it doesn’t pose a problem for me. But even so, the voter ID laws have been quite successful in those jurisdictions where they haven’t been struck down because they have prevented people from voting who by and large occupy a demographic that tends to vote Democratic. That is what the laws are intended to address. Because, if the law was truly intended to prevent voter fraud, it is aimed at preventing a type of fraud that has been proven to be virtually nonexistent.

      • Mbagrad02

        Bus fare is less than a pack of cigarettes, lotto ticket , bag of chips or a soda . It is about priorities

    • Judy Jackson

      Unfortunately that is not the case in most states. I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Our mass transit is sketchy at the best of times, the DPS locations are NOT conveniently located & for many people, it can amount to losing a full day of work to get an ID. For senior citizens, many of whom no longer drive, it can be a major challenge to even get to the DPS office.

      • Mbagrad02

        If it is important people find a way

  • nbrewster68

    Dude, I’m a liberal democrat, and I agree with having to show ID to vote. You can get a paper ID from the BMV for free here in Indiana.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      We’re talking about Texas. IDs without photos are unacceptable. In fact, many IDs WITH photos are also in unacceptable.

      • Mbagrad02

        See my post at the top where Election Idebtification Cards and the official birth certificate needed to get one are both FREE.

    • Stephen Barlow

      So Indiana isn’t THAT Republican. Bully for you. Passing Comprehensive immigration Reform would have accomplished the SAME Voter integrity. but it’s VOTER SUPPRESSION that is the ultimate Goal of a concerted EFFORT and agenda on behalf od All REpublicans. Frm SCOTUS VOIDING the VRA, to Mitch McConnell Threatening voters with a mailer this last week, to Boehner helping the OhioSec of State Husted GErrymander, end early voting in SOME districts and not others to Georgia’s Sec of State failing to VALIDATE almost 100,000 registrations of Minority voters in GErrymanderd Democratic districts, to Rick Scott having 100,000 voters purged without cause in minority and BLUE districts.

      if you can’t see the conspiracy, you should at least see the racketeering. The same guys who ran mortgages like casino ships, ar selling offices and buying elections and VOTER SUPPPRESSION is just the part to makeup the 10 MILLION voter difference between the RED 1% party and the Blue 99% party. but to level the field, the RED have to DENY 10 million votes. Last time, they only Denied 5 million.

      WHEN immigration is reformed, the Reds will have to import new voters from the Old Soviet Union, AND make the voting machines CHANGE the ballot counts like they did in 2004.

  • Avatar

    Texas had to charge the voter poll tax to poor people because that state is damned so broke in many bad ways. Morally and monetary bankrupts.

    • Mbagrad02

      That’s why we lead the nation in job creation and #2 in high school graduates and #12 in public school systems among the 50 states and D.C.

      • Avatar

        Allow me to clarify your statement; #1 job creation for MINIMUM WAGE

        #2 in high school graduation rate yet in bottom five for college attendance in Div. I, II, and III universities

        #12 in public school largely thanks to strongly blue areas in Texas

        You really need to make it clear next time.

      • Mbagrad02

        Texas has the 4th highest college enrollment per the U.S. Census Bureau at 84 million with PA in 3rd at 86 million.

        Of course Texas leads minimum wage job growth when iit leads all other states in a recovery economy which historically produces a high number ofj minimum jobs as recovery occurs

        Texas was 48 for schools up until the late 90s when reform started to occur with a Republican majority legislature and SBOE so not much Blue help there .

        Clear enough for you?

      • Avatar

        And experts said that minimum wage won’t help once Texas’ economy goes down in irreversible damage in scale unlike seen before. Corporations and rich are raking the resource from your state for either low cost or for free. 48 for education in 90’s and still in bottom five to this very day. W. Bush and Perry’s educational policies haven’t shown great successes.

  • Mbagrad02

    As much as I would like to know people are who they say they are when they vote to make it mandatory violates our Constitution’s 14th and 15th amendments and the principles of a participatory democracy . If you make it intentionally difficult for one segment of the population to vote than the government sends the message that they do not believe in popular sovereignty . One person denied or prevented from their right to vote guaranteed in the Constitution is every bit as egregious as one person voting illegally. It seems there are more cases of the former than the latter as a method of preventing fraud.

    • Stephen Barlow

      And what you hate is the Republicans WAY.

      Get out Tuesday and SYG you place in line! TY.

      • Mbagrad02

        I voted Friday afternoon no line and I only voted for one Republican in contested races. Too many of our county offices had GOP incumbents giving me ideas for 2016.

  • Judy Jackson

    My neighbor is 86 years old & no longer drives. She has lived at the same address for nearly 30 years & has always voted. She was turned away at the primaries because her driver’s license was expired. She had her voter registration card & has voted at the same polling place for over 20 years. Nearly all of the election workers know her, address her by name but still turned her away because of the Texas voter ID laws. Her daughter ended up taking a day off from work, spent 3 hours at the DPS office to get a new state-issued ID. I believe the cost was around $25.00 which doesn’t sound like much but to a senior citizen on a fixed income it is a tidy sum.

  • marcus ashby

    Saying something isn’t debatable does not make it so and you are hilarious for thinking it does.

  • Joseph Olson

    I am in Nevada. What I want to know is how did my voting registration get labelled “inactive”. Even though I voted in 2012 and the only elections in 2013 were local elections which did not affect me as I live in an unincorporated section of Clark County? I find that highly suspicious.

    • Mbagrad02

      Ask Harry Reid LOL

      • Joseph Olson

        I know Harry Reid had anything to do with it. I would guess the GOP’s Brian Sandoval had something to do with it. After all he is Governor.

  • Ellen Massie

    The politicians caused the problem with paying people to vote in the first place. Voting is an American priviledge. Show your legimate ID your an American with the priviledge and not some non-American the politicians are paying to vote. The Senators wife must live by the rules of everyone else, but it is funny the Senator wants special treatment for his wife.

  • Danne Absher

    I live in Texas and was recently summoned to jury duty. Jurors must be eligible to vote according to The Constitution and “laws”, but they need not be registered. I thought about claiming an exemption, saying that I had lost my ID and was, therefore, not eligible to vote in Texas. Of course, lying to a judge is against the law. Too bad passing laws that subvert The Constitution isn’t.