Dorothy Card has been voting for more than 60 years, but now thanks to the new Voter ID law in Texas, she is not sure she will be able to vote this November 5th.
A Houston area TV station reported on Saturday that the Lufkin woman, who does not have a driver's license, was denied three different times attempting to get a new Voter ID that is now required in order to vote in Texas thanks to the Supreme Court striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
In 2011 the Governor signed SB 14, the state's Voter ID Law in effect, essentially mandating that a photo ID needs to be presented in order to vote in any election in Texas.
This law was struck down by the Department of Justice, because Texas is one of a number of states that is required to get pre-clearance from the Department of Justice when passing laws regarding voting due to Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Now with the Supreme Court ruling, SB 14, known as the Texas Voter ID law is in effect immediately.
See what Dorothy Card, the 84-year-old Lufkin woman had to say about the Texas Voter ID law below the jump. Dorothy Card had a driver's license up until 1999 when she had an accident, so she has no current form of photo identification. She was aware of the new Voter ID law and knew she could get an Election ID Certificate from her local Department of Public Safety (DPS) office for free.
The problem came when she did not have the proper paperwork to receive a Voter ID, despite having a special note from Angelina County saying that her marriage license could not be found at the courthouse because it was more than 50 years old.
Card's daughter, Cheryl Hoffman who is a legal assistant assisting her mother told KRTK of Houston that,
“They have said if we get another document, that they will issue it. But I've been told this three times, so I'm a little leery.”
She was told that she could vote by mail, but Card has been coming to the Huntington Courthouse for years to vote and it is a part of her Election Day routine. Voting by mail was not a desirably option, nor should it be. The most common form of voter or ballot fraud has come from vote by mail ballots, and not from in person voting, that the new Voter ID bill address.
Chances are Dorothy Card will likely be issued a Voter ID before election day, but not without severe and significant hoops to jump through. She says that she's worried about others like her in similar situations. According to KRTK of Houston a DPS spokesperson noted that Card is a “very unique” situation, and she will be issued a photo ID without anymore hurdles.
The new Voter ID law is clearly a burden to voters and not necessarily only people on the margins of society. It is a burden for people who have been voting for more than 60 years. Card told this to the KRTK news reporter of Houston,
“It's a good thing I don't meet the man who is over this because he would hear from me good and proper,” Card said.
I hope they do hear from you Mrs. Card, from the ballot box loud and clear.
Do You Need A Photo ID or to Update Your Voter Registration? Please check out GotIDTexas.org to see what you need to vote, how you can get it, and when and where to vote this November 5th.
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