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Voter I-D Not An Issue In Galveston

Voter I-D Not An Issue In Galveston

The Department of Justice filed suit against Texas last week over the state’s Voter Identification law. But if the early numbers are any indication, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder might want to reconsider.

Galveston County is holding early voting on a Galveston ISD issue. Over 1,100 votes have already been cast. And elections official Bill Sargent told KTRH it’s gone very smoothly.

“Only one provisional ballot had anything to do with a voter identification issue. We’ve had 12 provisional ballots for various reasons, but only one was for voter ID,” Sargent said. “We were anticipating more. That hasn’t materialized. If this is indicative, then it will be a blip on the radar, and a very small one at that.”

Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote told KTRH she expected exactly what we are seeing in Galveston.

“Voters already have, in most cases, the identifications the state is looking for. Texas has a number of kinds of identifications that work,” Engelbrecht said. “We’re thrilled to hear that it’s been a walk in the park, as we knew it would be.”

But attorney Chad Dunn, who has been an active opponent of Voter ID, doesn't see it that way.

“This election involves a school district bond issuance. These elections typically have no more than 1,500 people turn out to vote. It’s surprising that we are seeing even one person affected in an election like this. The big concern comes in the primaries and then later on in the general election,” he said.

 

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