Well, isn’t this interesting?
Bexar County voters return to the polls in nine weeks, and for the first time they’ll be required to comply with the state’s new voter identification requirements….
Six common forms of photo ID, including a driver’s license, are accepted under the new law. Since late June, the state has offered a free ID to those without other accepted forms. Yet, as of Aug. 23, only eight “election identification certificates” had been issued statewide by the Texas Department of Public Safety, officials said last week.
“DPS driver license offices remain ready to assist and issue EICs to eligible individuals. Of the more than 80 inquiries we’ve received regarding EICs, many individuals already had the necessary photo ID required to vote,” DPS press secretary Tom Vinger said.
Quite enlightening, if you ask me. To hear some people talk, you’d have thought mandating an ID to vote was equivalent to Jim Crow and all its attendant horrors. Yet the tale is told here, with many people already having the ID they need and the DPS ready and willing to come to the aid of those who need help getting them. Given that, and the requirements for the EIC, I can’t help but think the groups who oppose Voter ID have much more sinister motives than they’re willing to let on.