First Think Progress noted the following:
Now a former U.S. lawmaker joins the Texas Jump Through Hoops club. Did I mention he's 90 years old? Just a guess, but I'm willing to bet he's voted before, without a hitch.
Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX) was denied a voter ID card thanks to Texas's strict voter ID law.
"Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn't give me an ID," 90-year-old Wright said according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
Wright said he previously realized earlier in the week that the identification he had to vote, a Texas Christian University faculty ID and a Texas driver's license that expired in 2010, did not meet the criteria of the new voter ID law.
So now Wright is going to try again, with birth certificate in hand. That ought to do the trick, right? But that's not really the point, is it? The point is that he has to produce his damned birth certificate in the first place after all these years. He's not exactly a voter newbie.
What about those who have no birth certificate because of when, how, and where they were born? Meaning, decades ago at home by a midwife who didn't have a way to issue a birth certificate. Not only is it difficult to produce a new one, it costs money, which is tantamount to a poll tax.
Of course, strict Voter I.D. laws are intended to suppress the vote, especially the Democratic vote. So much for that GOP outreach we keep hearing so much about.