Who Really Wants Voter ID?
Dallas' Rafael Anchía – the Democrats' point man in efforts to kill voter ID – actually submitted a substitute bill on Friday (in the form of a floor amendment) that would have essentially kept all of the ID requirements of Senate Bill 362 but also would mandate substantial efforts to both educate voters on the new ID requirements and register new voters.
Anchía's version of SB 362 would also establish a bipartisan election commission to study issues of fraud, voter turnout, and best election practices; enable same-day registration during the early-voting period; study ways to make photo ID more widely available; and void the entire thing if the Lege fails to appropriate "an amount sufficient to fully implement the change." Anchía insisted that his version was "not a compromise but an attempt to set a framework" for debate and that his real preference was to simply kill voter ID altogether.
On Tuesday, as the clock ticked down, Anchía said he had received no feedback whatsoever on his proposal, and a request for comment from Elections Committee Chair Todd Smith was unreturned.