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November 12, 2013 - 9:38 am

I have a piece up at CNN.com that looks into how Texas’ voter ID law performed in its first real-world test.

(CNN) – For weeks leading up to the 2013 off-year elections, prominent Texas Democrats directly blamed the state’s new voter ID law for problems in registration.

First, Judge Sandra Watts said she had a problem because the name on her driver’s license and the name on her voter registration card did not match. It turns out she had left her maiden name on her voter registration. It also turns out that it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that his or her voter information is up to date. Watts was able to vote.

Then, state Sen. Wendy Davis, the presumed Democratic nominee for Texas governor, said she had a problem, too. Like Watts, the name on her driver’s license did not match the name on her registration card. She signed an affidavit, which the polling place provided, and was able to vote.

Then, nearer Election Day, former Speaker of the House Jim Wright said that he, too, had a problem voting. He said the Texas Department of Public Safety would not give him a voter ID card. But Wright, who is 90, tried to use an expired driver’s license, which for most voters serves as their photo ID. How is this the fault of the state or anyone who supports voter ID? Wright got his card by going home and finding his birth certificate, and was able to vote.

We know of these stories because all three prominent Democrats took those voting problems straight to the media.

What we do not know from these three stories is how the voter ID law actually affected turnout.

Read the article here to see how real numbers that demonstrate how the law performed.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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And in all three instances, the reason the information didn't match was the laziness of the voter - and all 3 of them were well informed and easily able to correct the deficiency.

Now, I on the other hand sort of agree that we shouldn't need an ID or be taxed to act on our Constitutional Rights - therefore, there shouldn't be background checks or taxes on Firearms (and related) Purchases.
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Actually, I disagree. Voting is a serious business, and is (and should be) restricted to citizens only. So I have no problem verifying that only citizens vote, and that they don't vote more than once per election.

Good reporting, Bryan! Please continue to spread the good word.
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Conservatives knew that it worked in their DNA.
Liberals on the other hand: "Proof? PROOF? We don' need no steenkeeng proof."
There in lies the problem with today's politics.
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Excellent work, Bryan.
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So, from what I gather here, the law worked flawlessly in these three instances where voter errors were found, corrected on the day of election (at least provisionally), and the voters voted legally, all while preventing anyone from using their identities to fraudulently vote. Gee, seems like a big problem for those in favor of voting fraud.
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