Pros And Cons Of Voting I. D. Laws
December 8th 2015
Voting Trends and Voting I.D. Laws In Texas And How They Affect Us
What is voting? Voting is the means by which such expression is made, as a ballot, ticket, etc. We all have the right to vote for many things like political offices work/school things. Voting laws are essential in keeping that there is no fraud or illegal things go on during the voting process. Are voting id laws racist and discriminatory against minorities well the supreme court's believe so. Its has been an issue for a while in texas. Voting Id laws have been around for years. Voter Id’s start way back in the 50’s. When it was started the voter ids didn’t have to include a picture. Any document with the name of the voter …show more content…
They allowed those without proper id to cast what they call a provisional ballot. They were given 6 days to return with proper id for their vote to count. Voters who support the bill state that one needs an id to travel , drive, conduct business transactions even polls taken show that voters agree with showing a form of id to vote. Opponents of voting id laws say they are discriminatory against minorities and are racially biased. Many of the opponents of voting id laws are democrats and minorities.
Voting rights and minorities have had issues before. Up until 1965 African americans didn't have the right to vote. in 1886 they were granted citizenship but not the right to vote. In 1870, the 15th amendment was ratified and prohibited states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude”. In 1965 the voting rights act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Civil rights leaders such as MLK were present. Opponents of the law state that voter id are just a ruse to minimize democrat turnout at the …show more content…
In 2011 texas legislature redrew the districts. Republicans were in control and drew as many republican districts as they could. With the increasing population of hispanics coming to texas in which they typically vote democratic they had to do something.
Voting trends have alot to do with race as well. In Texas, caucasian voters who was 62% of the population in 2012 overwhelmingly voted republican. African american and hispanic together being at 34 percent of the population in texas tend to vote democratic. Minorities used to vote Republican before the civil rights act was past since then minorities tend to vote democratic.
The hispanic population in texas is growing and with hispanics tending to vote democratic texas might in the upcoming years see a shift in the political power in the state. Voting turnout in texas was low for the past election in texas only 33.6% of the registered voters turned out to vote in the past governor election. in the 2012 race The voting turnout for white voters was at 61% the black voter turnout was at 63% and the latino voter turnout was at 39% being that latinos are becoming a majority in the state a lot of them are not citizens and technically not allowed to