Ken Paxton

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Voter ID Trial Fact Sheet

AUSTIN - The Texas Attorney General's Office today released a "Voter ID Trial Fact Sheet" detailing evidence presented during the week-long voter ID trial in Washington, DC. The Fact Sheet details evidence presented by the State of Texas, which demonstrated that the U.S. Department of Justice and the partisan groups who oppose the law relied on flawed data, inaccurate information and unreliable expert conclusions in an attempt to justify Attorney General Holder's refusal to allow the State to implement the Voter ID law enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2011.

As the Fact Sheet explains, opponents of the law:

--Included 50,000 dead voters on its list of registered voters who allegedly lack photo IDs. The Department of Justice's flawed no-ID list also included non-Texas residents, non-U.S. citizens, and individuals who have federally issued photo IDs, such as a passport or military ID.

--Failed to produce a single witness who will be prevented from voting under the Texas Voter ID law.

--Relied on the expert testimony of a Harvard University professor whose own academic research--which was published before he was paid to testify on behalf of the Justice Department--concluded that voter ID laws prevent "almost no one" from voting.

The Voter ID Trial Fact Sheet also summarizes evidence presented by the State of Texas, including details about bloated voter registration rolls and specific election fraud cases that have been successfully prosecuted in recent years:

--In May, 2012, votes were cast by more than 200 individuals that state records indicate are deceased.

--More than 50,000 deceased voters are currently registered to vote in the State of Texas.

--18 Texas counties have more people registered to vote than actually live in the county.

--In the last decade, six elections for the Texas House of Representatives have been decided by less than 50 votes.

--50 election fraud cases have been successfully investigated and prosecuted in recent years.

--State Representatives Jose Aliseda and Aaron Pea provided extensive testimony detailing how local political machines in their communities utilize paid vote harvesters, target senior citizens, and rely upon voter fraud to maintain control over local governments.

Evidence presented by the State of Texas during the Voter ID trial also disproved inaccurate claims by partisans who oppose the Voter ID law--and refutes baseless arguments advanced by the Justice Department:

--The Justice Department's own expert witness published a study finding that "over 70% of whites, blacks, and Hispanics" support a photo ID requirement for voters.

--Citing his own research concluding that voter ID laws do not actually impact anyone's ability to vote, the Department of Justice's expert witness published a study finding that his research "casts doubt on arguments from the left that [a voter ID requirement] amounts to a new poll tax or literacy test."

--A key legislative opponent of the Voter ID law had to admit to lying when it was revealed that during the legislative debate over SB 14, he falsely claimed that his mother lacked a driver's license, when she actually does have one.

--The Justice Department resorted to hiring an expert witness, J. Morgan Kousser, who is so controversial that he published a book arguing that former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor sought to promote "white supremacy."