Senior tries and tries to get ID card so she can vote

www.houstonchronicle.com Published: February 12, 2014
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Both times she tried, she was told there was something else, another document, another piece of proof she needed to convince the clerks that she's the woman pictured in her expired Texas driver's license. Determined to vote, Troth says she had a friend of the family drive her to the DPS office that day to get a Texas ID. The Texas Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, decided to protect the citizens of Texas from barely existent voter fraud by requiring everybody to show photo ID before voting. An investigation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott into the "epidemic" of voter fraud found little: 26 cases to prosecute, two-thirds involving technical violations, and none that would have been affected by voter ID requirements. Troth says the same "rude" woman was at the front desk and, this time, the woman told her the birth certificate wasn't good enough because the name on it differed from her married name. [...] not only that. Because she lives with her other daughter, Alana Troth, that daughter would have to come in person to verify her mother's residency. Once the veteran Democrat explained he'd voted against voter ID, he encouraged Troth to vote by mail. Mid-morning, there is already an L-shaped line nearly out the door of people fiddling with phones or staring vacantly. At the front, Troth begins slapping documents and cards on counter: birth certificate, marriage license, voter registration, AARP card.



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