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Photo Voter ID Vote in Texas

Posted by cann0nba11 on January 23, 2009

No matter what political party you support, the logic and security of requiring voters to present a photo ID should be obvious. We are required to show photo ID when renting a movie, buying a delivered pizza with a check, or shopping at various retail outlets. However, voting is a privilege that must be not be tampered with. This is NOT a partisan issue, it is important in order to ensure honest elections. Look at the influence that ACORN had across the country last year; look at how close many of our elections have been (the Franken/Coleman election in Minnesota has STILL not been decided yet).

In other words, EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

But they should be only counted once, and only those allowed by our laws to vote should be voting. No felons, no multiple voters, no undocumented visitors, no dead people or cartoon characters. Voter Photo ID is important to the integrity of the election process.

What can you do to help?

I had the honor of meeting with Lamar Smith in November. I asked him if our calls and emails make a difference. His response: “Absolutely.” He then went on to explain how the process works. Staffers categorize all calls, faxes and emails. They tally the counts and discount form letters, spam messages, etc. The top five issues of the week are put into a memo and given to our Senators and Representatives. Each office is different, but this is the general process. Now here’s the main point: It only takes a couple dozen calls to get on the weekly constituent memo. Our voices CAN be heard, we CAN make a difference. So here’s what I’m asking all concerned citizens to do.

For starters, please make two phone calls. One to the new speaker, Joe Straus’ office:

Austin office: 512-463-0686
District office (San Antonio): 210-828-4411
Email: Joe.Straus@house.state.tx.us

First, tell Speaker Straus two things:

  1. Ask that he appoint a chair of the Elections Committee who is favorable to the Voter Photo ID bill.
  2. Providing a photo ID for voting is important for keeping the election process honest

Other talking points (optional)

  1. We need photo ID for everything from cashing checks to renting movies. It just makes good sense to require the same to vote.
  2. This is not a partisan issue. It is important in order to ensure honest elections.
  3. Any bill we pass will not suppress the votes of the poor and elderly. Provisions will be in the bill which will prevent that.

Second. Go to this link and contact your local Representative: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/welcome.php (or, if you want the list of Representive email addresses by district, scroll down) . Tell him or her that the Voter Photo ID bill is important to you, and you want to see it pass.

Why is your participation so important?

Currently the Texas House is split 76 (R) to 74 (D). Therefore, passing this vital legislation is not guaranteed. In the last session, Reps. Tommy Merritt (Longview) and Delwin Jones (Lubbock) were the only Republicans to vote against voter ID. Their contact information is listed below. Let them know that this issue is important to you.

Delwin Jones
Room 3S.2, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0542
(512) 463-0671 Fax
Tommy Merritt
Room 1N.12, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0750
(512) 463-9085 Fax

THANK YOU FOR CARING! We The People CAN make a difference. Remember, government works for the citizens, not vice versa.

TEXAS REPRESENTATIVE EMAIL LIST BY DISTRICT

Dist # Party Last name Email address
01 (D) Frost Stephen.Frost@house.state.tx.us
02 (R) Flynn Dan.Flynn@house.state.tx.us
03 (D) Homer Mark.Homer@house.state.tx.us
04 (R) Brown Betty.Brown@house.state.tx.us
05 (R) Hughes Bryan.Hughes@house.state.tx.us
06 (R) Berman Leo.Berman@house.state.tx.us
07 (R) Merritt Tommy.Merritt@house.state.tx.us
08 (R) Cook Byron.Cook@house.state.tx.us
09 (R) Christian Wayne.Christian@house.state.tx.us
10 (R) Pitts Jim.Pitts@house.state.tx.us
11 (D) Hopson Chuck.Hopson@house.state.tx.us
12 (D) McReynolds Jim.McReynolds@house.state.tx.us
13 (R) Kolkhorst Lois.Kolkhorst@house.state.tx.us
14 (R) Brown Fred.Brown@house.state.tx.us
15 (R) Eissler Rob.Eissler@house.state.tx.us
16 (R) Creighton Brandon.Creighton@house.state.tx.us
17 (R) Kleinschmidt Tim.Kleinschmidt@house.state.tx.us
18 (R) Otto John.Otto@house.state.tx.us
19 (R) Hamilton Mike.Hamilton@house.state.tx.us
20 (R) Gattis Dan.Gattis@house.state.tx.us
21 (D) Ritter Allan.Ritter@house.state.tx.us
22 (D) Deshotel Joe.Deshotel@house.state.tx.us
23 (D) Eiland Craig.Eiland@house.state.tx.us
24 (R) Taylor Larry.Taylor@house.state.tx.us
25 (R) Bonnen Dennis.Bonnen@house.state.tx.us
26 (R) Howard Charlie.Howard@house.state.tx.us
27 (D) Olivo Dora.Olivo@house.state.tx.us
28 (R) Zerwas John.Zerwas@house.state.tx.us
29 (R) Weber Randy.Weber@house.state.tx.us
30 (R) Morrison Geanie.Morrison@house.state.tx.us
31 (D) Guillen Ryan.Guillen@house.state.tx.us
32 (R) Hunter Todd.Hunter@house.state.tx.us
33 (D) Ortiz Solomons.Ortiz@house.state.tx.us
34 (D) Herrero Abel.Herrero@house.state.tx.us
35 (D) Gonzalez Toureilles Yvonne.Toureilles@house.state.tx.us
36 (D) Flores Ismael.Flores@house.state.tx.us
37 (D) Oliveira Rene.Oliveira@house.state.tx.us
38 (D) Lucio III Eddie.Lucio@house.state.tx.us
39 (D) Martinez Armando.Martinez@house.state.tx.us
40 (D) Peña Aaron.Peña@house.state.tx.us
41 (D) Gonzales Veronica.Gonzales@house.state.tx.us
42 (D) Raymond Richard.Raymond@house.state.tx.us
43 (D) Rios Ybarra Tara.Ybarra@house.state.tx.us
44 (R) Kuempel Edmund.Kuempel@house.state.tx.us
45 (D) Rose Patrick.Rose@house.state.tx.us
46 (D) Dukes Dawnna.Dukes@house.state.tx.us
47 (D) Bolton Valinda.Bolton@house.state.tx.us
48 (D) Howard Donna.Howard@house.state.tx.us
49 (D) Naishtat Elliott.Naishtat@house.state.tx.us
50 (D) Strama Mark.Strama@house.state.tx.us
51 (D) Rodriguez Eddie.Rodriguez@house.state.tx.us
52 (D) Maldonado Diana.Maldonado@house.state.tx.us
53 (R) Hilderbran Harvey.Hilderbran@house.state.tx.us
54 (R) Aycock Jimmie.Aycock@house.state.tx.us
55 (R) Sheffield Ralph.Sheffield@house.state.tx.us
56 (R) Anderson Charles.Anderson@house.state.tx.us
57 (D) Dunnam Jim.Dunnam@house.state.tx.us
58 (R) Orr Rob.Miller@house.state.tx.us
59 (R) Miller Sid.Miller@house.state.tx.us
60 (R) Keffer Jim.Keffer@house.state.tx.us
61 (R) King Phil.King@house.state.tx.us
62 (R) Phillips Larry.Phillips@house.state.tx.us
63 (R) Parker Tan.Parker@house.state.tx.us
64 (R) Crownover Myra.Crownover@house.state.tx.us
65 (R) Solomons Burt.Solomons@house.state.tx.us
66 (R) McCall Brian.McCall@house.state.tx.us
67 (R) Madden Jerry.Madden@house.state.tx.us
68 (R) Hardcastle Rick.Hardcastle@house.state.tx.us
69 (D) Farabee David.Farabee@house.state.tx.us
70 (R) Paxton Ken.Paxton@house.state.tx.us
71 (R) King Susan.King@house.state.tx.us
72 (R) Darby Drew.Darby@house.state.tx.us
73 (R) Miller Doug.Miller@house.state.tx.us
74 (D) Gallego Pete.Gallego@house.state.tx.us
75 (D) Quintanilla Chente.Quintanilla@house.state.tx.us
Dist # Party Last name Email address
76 (D) Chávez Norma.Chávez@house.state.tx.us
77 (D) Marquez Marisa.Marquez@house.state.tx.us
78 (D) Moody Joseph.Moody@house.state.tx.us
79 (D) Pickett Joe.Pickett@house.state.tx.us
80 (D) King Tracy.King@house.state.tx.us
81 (R) Lewis Tryon.Lewis@house.state.tx.us
82 (R) Craddick Tom.Craddick@house.state.tx.us
83 (R) Jones Delwin.Jones@house.state.tx.us
84 (R) Isett Carl.Isett@house.state.tx.us
85 (D) Heflin Joe.Heflin@house.state.tx.us
86 (R) Smithee John.Smithee@house.state.tx.us
87 (R) Swinford David.Swinford@house.state.tx.us
88 (R) Chisum Warren.Chisum@house.state.tx.us
89 (R) Laubenberg Jodie.Laubenberg@house.state.tx.us
90 (D) Burnam Lon.Burnam@house.state.tx.us
91 (R) Hancock Kelly.Hancock@house.state.tx.us
92 (R) Smith Todd.Smith@house.state.tx.us
93 (D) Pierson Paula.Pierson@house.state.tx.us
94 (R) Patrick Diane.Patrick@house.state.tx.us
95 (D) Veasey Marc.Veasey@house.state.tx.us
96 (D) Turner Chris.Turner@house.state.tx.us
97 (R) Shelton Mark.Shelton@house.state.tx.us
98 (R) Truitt Vicki.Truitt@house.state.tx.us
99 (R) Geren Charlie.Geren@house.state.tx.us
100 (D) Hodge Terri.Hodge@house.state.tx.us
101 (D) Miklos Robert.Miklos@house.state.tx.us
102 (D) Kent Carol.Kent@house.state.tx.us
103 (D) Anchia Rafael.Anchia@house.state.tx.us
104 (D) Alonzo Roberto.Alonzo@house.state.tx.us
105 (R) Harper-Brown Linda.Harper-Brown@house.state.tx.us
106 (D) England Kirk.England@house.state.tx.us
107 (D) Vaught Allen.Vaught@house.state.tx.us
108 (R) Branch Dan.Branch@house.state.tx.us
109 (D) Giddings Helen.Giddings@house.state.tx.us
110 (D) Mallory Caraway Barbara.Caraway@house.state.tx.us
111 (D) Davis Yvonne.Davis@house.state.tx.us
112 (R) Button Angie.Button@house.state.tx.us
113 (R) Driver Joe.Driver@house.state.tx.us
114 (R) Hartnett Will.Hartnett@house.state.tx.us
115 (R) Jackson Jim.Jackson@house.state.tx.us
116 (D) Martinez Fischer Trey.Fischer@house.state.tx.us
117 (D) Leibowitz David.Leibowitz@house.state.tx.us
118 (D) Farias Joe.Farias@house.state.tx.us
119 (D) Gutierrez Roland.Gutierrez@house.state.tx.us
120 (D) McClendon Ruth.McClendon@house.state.tx.us
121 (R) Straus Joe.Straus@house.state.tx.us
122 (R) Corte Frank.Corte@house.state.tx.us
123 (D) Villarreal Mike.Villarreal@house.state.tx.us
124 (D) Menendez Jose.Menendez@house.state.tx.us
125 (D) Castro Joaquin.Castro@house.state.tx.us
126 (R) Harless Patricia.Harless@house.state.tx.us
127 (R) Crabb Joe.Crabb@house.state.tx.us
128 (R) Smith Wayne.Smith@house.state.tx.us
129 (R) Davis John.Davis@house.state.tx.us
130 (R) Fletcher Allen.Fletcher@house.state.tx.us
131 (D) Allen Alma.Allen@house.state.tx.us
132 (R) Callegari William.Callegari@house.state.tx.us
133 (D) Thibaut Kristi.Thibaut@house.state.tx.us
134 (D) Cohen Ellen.Cohen@house.state.tx.us
135 (R) Elkins Gary.Elkins@house.state.tx.us
136 (R) Woolley Beverly.Woolley@house.state.tx.us
137 (D) Hochberg Scott.Hochberg@house.state.tx.us
138 (R) Bohac Dwayne.Bohac@house.state.tx.us
139 (D) Turner Sylvester.Turner@house.state.tx.us
140 (D) Walle Armando.Walle@house.state.tx.us
141 (D) Thompson Senfronia.Thompson@house.state.tx.us
142 (D) Dutton Harold.Dutton@house.state.tx.us
143 (D) Hernandez Ana.Hernandez@house.state.tx.us
144 (R) Legler Ken.Legler@house.state.tx.us
145 (D) Alvarado Carol.Alvarado@house.state.tx.us
146 (D) Edwards Al.Edwards@house.state.tx.us
147 (D) Coleman Garnet.Coleman@house.state.tx.us
148 (D) Farrar Jessica.Farrar@house.state.tx.us
149 (D) Vo Hubert.Vo@house.state.tx.us
150 (R) Riddle debbie.riddle@house.state.tx.us
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One Response to “Photo Voter ID Vote in Texas”

  1. Bryan Weatherford said

    I strongly agree with the need for photo ID to vote. During the march 4th Primary, I was struck by the degree of “identification” the Democats were requiring its voters to get into the caucus meeting – a voter registration card, a drivers licence, and the ubiquitious “I Voted In the Democratic Primary” ticket. I was the GOP Election Judge and made a comment to a member of the Democratic Party about this and his response was that security was needed on that end. I replied that it was more necessary on the front end – at the ballot box – than then. He just looked at me.

    I will call Speaker Straus and Rep. McCall to encourage them to both support the voter ID for Texas.

    Thanks!

    Bryan

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