Change Is Coming for Controversial Voter ID Law in Texas

Voter ID laws require citizens to bring specific forms of ID with them when they go to the polls to vote. Over half of the states in the United States have some kind of voter ID law on the books.

The Texas voter ID law, introduced in 2011 as Senate Bill 14, is one of the most stringent voter ID laws in the country. Recently, the law has been the subject of controversy and multiple court cases.

The law requires that voters bring one of seven forms of ID with them in order to vote on election day. It also created a process whereby people who do not have one of the valid forms of ID could apply for an Election ID Card through the state’s Department of Public Safety.

Proponents of the law see it as a necessary protection of the democratic process. Critics say the law discriminates against certain groups and thereby violates The Voting Rights Act. Recently a federal court ruled in favor of the law’s critics, and ordered that the state of Texas provide a fix before this November’s election.

Reporter Jonathan Hirsch looks at problems with the law, and some of the possible remedies.

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Featured Image by Jonathan Hirsch.

NOTICIANDO: ELECTION TACO

The presidential race took the spotlight on Election Day, but from congressional and senatorial races to a historical referendum in Puerto Rico, there was more at stake for Latino voters. We speak to Victor Landa, founder and editor of News Taco, for a round up of other election results important to Latinos.

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Victor Landa is the founder and editor of NewsTaco, a website that provides news, analysis and critique from a Latino perspective. He worked as a writer and editor for 30 years, mostly with Telemundo and Univisión. Landa also contributed to the San Antonio Express-News, and he is an adviser on media strategy, message crafting, storytelling and public speaking.

NOTICIANDO: POLITIQUEANDO

New comments by Mitt Romney ignite reactions among Latinos.  Then, with less than two months left to get people to the polls, voter registration efforts in states like Florida and Colorado resume after an easing on voter ID laws. Victor Landa, editor of News Taco, fills us in on this and all the most recent political news.

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Click here to download this week’s show.

Victor Landa is the founder and editor of NewsTaco, a website that provides news, analysis and critique from a Latino perspective. He worked as a writer and editor for 30 years, mostly with Telemundo and Univisión. Landa also contributed to the San Antonio Express-News, and he is an adviser on media strategy, message crafting, storytelling and public speaking.