Voter ID laws in Texas

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In Texas voter suppression is real, this year I met a young black man who was denied the ability to vote due to him not having an ID. He didn’t have an ID because he was homeless. Because he was homeless he had no address. I’m happy to know now after seeing him just a few weeks ago that he’s been connected to resources through Harris county which has allowed him to gain housing and gain financial assistance. He now has his drivers license and he assured me that he’ll be voting in November to ensure he voices his concerns on homelessness and voter ID laws in Texas. His issue was two-fold he was denied access to vote due to not having identification, but he didn’t have ID because he couldn’t afford the fees associated with acquiring an ID in Texas. The inability to pay the fees is largely concentrated in black and brown communities and having to show ID particularly in poverty stricken areas can be a form of voter suppression.

 

 

 

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