New program off to slow start in Texas
Texas’ Voter ID law went into effect when the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. You’ll be surprised how many people have taken advantage of it over the last month.
A grand total of six people in the state have gotten those ID cards. Beth Cubriel is the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas and told KTRH this proves what the bill's supporters said all along.
“Anybody who should be voting already has an ID,” she told KTRH.
But the law's opponents are saying the exact same thing. Will Hailer of the Texas Democratic Party says the low number proves his side was right on, too.
“It’s a cumbersome process. We think it will continue to be a cumbersome process,” Hailer stated.
Will the numbers rise before the mid-term elections in 2014?
“There’s no doubt in my mind you’ll see more people looking to get them next year. There’s no way the numbers can get any worse than they already have. I definitely think you’ll see more people getting those ID’s,” Hailer explained.
But Cubriel doesn’t think there will be a significant increase in the number of ID’s issued.
“I don’t know why there would be a greater surge. It seems natural that there would be a surge when the program is first made available,” Cubriel said.
The six cards that have been issued were issued in Lampasas, Austin, Snyder, Skidmore, Jacksonville and Dallas.