ID law explained
The Texas voter ID law isn’t as confusing as it seems.
When you arrive at the polls, a poll worker will ask you for a photo ID like a Texas driver’s license. (Full list of acceptable IDs online.) If you don’t have one, you can still vote.
Tell the poll worker you want to complete a “reasonable impediment declaration,” which is a form on which you can explain your difficulty getting photo ID. The form will have some prewritten choices (like work schedule or insufficient transportation), or you can write in another reason.
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Once you turn it in, you must show a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter registration certificate, certified birth certificate, government check or any other government document with your name and address.
As long as you fill out the form and present one of those documents, you can cast a regular ballot. The poll worker cannot challenge you about not having your photo ID or the reason you selected on the form.
Kali Cohn, staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Dallas
Sex and politics
We’ve all seen enough movies and television and heard enough popular music to be unfazed by four-letter words, sex and violence.
What’s new and troubling is the sense of dominance and entitlement. If you’re rich and famous, it’s Katy bar the door.
Is this the country the Founding Fathers risked everything for? Is this “the last, best hope for humanity”? The “shining city on a hill”? The country our ancestors crossed the oceans for?
C’mon folks, stand up and vote for marriage, motherhood and the American way: “One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all”!
Guelma B. Hopkins,
As a rape survivor the recent allegations about Donald Trump’s comments about women attracted my attention.
The women who accuse him say they came forward now out of concern that there could be more victims in the future.
Why didn’t they do this when he first announced he was running?
How many women may have been molested because they didn’t?
And why wait for October?
Seems to be this is political, and as a survivor, I resent it.
Religion and taxes
An Oct. 16 letter writer did not explain why she was troubled that “In God We Trust” is printed on the envelope with her tax bill.
Has she complained that it is placed on currency?
Whether our tax assessor is religious is irrelevant.
The United States is a Christian nation, always has been, always will be.
I sure am glad “In God We Trust” is printed on my property tax statement.
If he’s OK with it, I suppose I should just accept it and move on.
In Jesus’ name.
Greg S. Pate, Fort Worth