Voter ID http://kut.org en Up to 37,000 Travis County Voters Could Lack Required ID http://kut.org/post/37000-travis-county-voters-could-lack-required-id <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin is just over a month away from March primaries&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and Monday, Feb. 3 is the final day to <a href="http://www.traviscountytax.org/goVoters.do">register to vote</a>.</span></p><p>Some Texans will also need to get their IDs in order. Following <a href="http://kut.org/post/voting-rights-act-partially-overturned-texas-implements-voter-id-law">a 2013 Supreme Court decision</a>, a state issued drivers license or one of several approved documents is required to cast a ballot at Texas polling stations. (See <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1010780-texas-voter-id-requirements.html">more information on acceptable documents</a>.)</p><p>Tax Assessor/Collector Bruce Elfant says the new law could affect voters in Travis County.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:59:02 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9680 at http://kut.org Up to 37,000 Travis County Voters Could Lack Required ID Report: 'Lackadaisical' Texas Leadership Does Nothing to Encourage Voting http://kut.org/post/report-lackadaisical-texas-leadership-does-nothing-encourage-voting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas' new voter ID &nbsp;laws can be used to discourage minorities and women from voting.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's according to the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nonprofit Texas Civil Rights Project. Today, it released a </span><a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org/tcrp-human-rights-reports/" style="line-height: 1.5;">63-page report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> criticizing the states' voter registration procedures, and a lack of voting registration opportunities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last June, the United States Supreme Court </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/voting-rights-act-partially-overturned-texas-implements-voter-id-law" style="line-height: 1.5;">overturned a portion of the Voting Rights Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The act was originally intended to protect voters from discrimination in voting matters, but the Supreme Court ruled that the application of the act, covering large parts of the South,&nbsp;was outdated.</span></p><p>After the Supreme Court’s ruling, Texas instituted a voter identification law. The law requires registered voters to present a valid form of identification to vote. The Texas Civil Rights Project would like to see the voter ID law overturned, because they say it can be used to deter minority populations from voting.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:37:47 +0000 Roy Varney 9384 at http://kut.org Report: 'Lackadaisical' Texas Leadership Does Nothing to Encourage Voting Three Ways Voter ID Could Affect You This Election Day http://kut.org/post/three-ways-voter-id-could-affect-you-election-day <p class="p1">It’s <a href="http://kut.org/post/election-day-forecast-voter-turnout-id-law-and-thunderstorms" target="_blank">Election Day</a> and, if you didn’t <a href="http://kut.org/post/early-voting-underway-what-voters-need-know-nov-5-election-update" target="_blank">vote early</a>, today is your final chance to cast a ballot on <a href="http://kut.org/post/9-state-propositions-texans-will-vote-next-week" target="_blank">nine proposed state constitutional amendments</a>, along with a few <a href="http://kut.org/post/meet-candidates-hd-50-special-election" target="_blank">local elections</a>.</p><p>This election is also the first one with the state’s new <a href="http://kut.org/post/justice-dept-suing-texas-over-voter-id-law" target="_blank">voter ID</a> law in place.</p><p>For Agenda Texas, KUT's Ben Philpott breaks down what you should expect at the polls this Election Day.<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118593143" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:58:59 +0000 Ben Philpott 9088 at http://kut.org Three Ways Voter ID Could Affect You This Election Day Election Day Forecast: Voter Turnout, ID Law and Thunderstorms http://kut.org/post/election-day-forecast-voter-turnout-id-law-and-thunderstorms <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tomorrow is Election Day, and in addition to the much-publicized voter I.D. law, a weather forecast of thunderstorms tomorrow and recent flooding events could hurt voter turnout. Some voters have also expressed concern about the need to sign an affidavit if the name on their photo I.D. does not exactly match the name on their voter registration.</span></span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20131026-voter-id-law-causing-hiccups-at-polls-over-name-discrepancies.ece">Some worry </a></span>that the affidavit is one more hoop to jump through in order to get to the vote itself. Travis County Clerk, Dana Debeauvoir, told KUT News the voter I.D. law and affidavits may throw off some voters at the polls, which requires voters to initial next to their names as proof of identification.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:57:42 +0000 Emily Mathis 9085 at http://kut.org Election Day Forecast: Voter Turnout, ID Law and Thunderstorms Early Voting Underway: What Voters Need to Know for the Nov. 5 Election (Update) http://kut.org/post/early-voting-underway-what-voters-need-know-nov-5-election-update <p><strong>Updated Friday, November 1 at 7:37am:</strong> Early voting ends today for the Nov. 5 election.</p><p>There are <a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.47" target="_blank">19 early voting locations in Travis County</a> and several mobile locations.</p><p><strong>What's On the Ballot:</strong></p><ul><li>Austin residents will vote on the <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/801238-final-affordable-housing-bond-voter-information.html" target="_blank">city’s $65 million affordable housing bond</a>. Voters <a href="http://kut.org/post/map-how-prop-15-affordable-housing-bond-lost" target="_blank">narrowly declined</a> a proposed $78.3 million bond last November.</li><li>There's a special election in <a href="http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/fyiwebdocs/PDF/house/dist50/m1.pdf" target="_blank">Texas House District 50</a> to fill the seat vacated by former State Rep. Mark Strama. Strama <a href="http://kut.org/term/mark-strama">announced his resignation last spring</a>. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:37:08 +0000 Emily Mathis & Laura Rice 8980 at http://kut.org Early Voting Underway: What Voters Need to Know for the Nov. 5 Election (Update) New Voter ID Law Forces Governor Candidate Wendy Davis To Sign Affidavit To Vote http://kut.org/post/texas-governor-candidate-wendy-davis-forced-sign-affidavit-while-voting Add gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis to the growing list of women who are having problems voting because of Texas' new photo ID law.<p>Davis, a Democratic state senator, was voting early in Fort Worth on Monday when poll workers made her sign an affidavit to verify her identity.<p>Why?<p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:53:33 +0000 Shelley Kofler 9033 at http://kut.org New Voter ID Law Forces Governor Candidate Wendy Davis To Sign Affidavit To Vote Only Days Left for Texans to Register to Vote This November http://kut.org/post/only-days-left-texans-register-vote-november <p>The last chance to register to vote in the Nov.&nbsp;5&nbsp;election is Monday. And there&rsquo;s another wrinkle for some: This is the first statewide election that requires voters to show photo ID.&nbsp;</p><p>If you don&rsquo;t have one of six approved government-issued photo IDs to bring with you to vote on Nov. 5, you can get an election ID certificate. I spoke to Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant at a Fiesta supermarket in South Austin, where he was getting the word out near a table set up by Department of Public Safety staff.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:28:15 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8852 at http://kut.org Only Days Left for Texans to Register to Vote This November Maps: Austin, Now You Can See If Your Neighbors Are Registered to Vote http://kut.org/post/maps-austin-now-you-can-see-if-your-neighbors-are-registered-vote <p>September is Travis County’s Voter Registration Awareness Month – and the county Tax Assessor and Voter Registrar are kicking things off with a new online tool to help volunteers find new voters.</p><p>Citizen registrars can now use the county’s website to <a href="http://www.traviscountytax.org/goVotersJurisdictionInfo.do">view lists and maps of addresses</a> with unregistered and suspended voters, broken down by Travis County precincts. While the maps do not verify that eligible, but unregistered, voters reside at those locations, the new resource still helps deputy registrars and other organizations identify areas that may be neglected by the voting process.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:51:21 +0000 Carrie Powell 8600 at http://kut.org Maps: Austin, Now You Can See If Your Neighbors Are Registered to Vote Justice Dept. Suing Texas Over Voter ID Law http://kut.org/post/justice-dept-suing-texas-over-voter-id-law <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106834737" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. Department of Justice is <a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/August/13-ag-952.html" target="_blank">suing the State of Texas</a> over its voter ID law.</p><p>It's the DOJ’s latest attempt to require Texas to get federal approval before making changes to its election laws.&nbsp;The U.S. Supreme Court struck down <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/voting-rights-act-partially-overturned-texas-implements-voter-id-law">part of the Voting Rights Act</a> in June. It got rid of Section 4 – the formula that had required some states, including Texas, to get preclearance from the federal government for any changes to voting procedures.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:48:55 +0000 Laura Rice 8528 at http://kut.org Justice Dept. Suing Texas Over Voter ID Law How This Week's 3 Big Supreme Court Decisions Affect Texas http://kut.org/post/how-weeks-3-big-supreme-court-decisions-affect-texas <p>This week was a busy one for the U.S. Supreme Court. It ruled on cases involving three major issues: affirmative action, same sex marriage and voting rights.&nbsp;</p><p>All three of these cases have national implications, but they also mean changes for Texans, too.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8254 at http://kut.org How This Week's 3 Big Supreme Court Decisions Affect Texas Changes to the Voting Rights Act: What Texans Need to Know http://kut.org/post/changes-voting-rights-act-what-texans-need-know <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98886212" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/voting-rights-act-partially-overturned-texas-implements-voter-id-law"> second big decision of the week</a>, striking down part of the Voting Rights Act. Supporters praised the decision, calling it a step forward in eliminating antiquated aspects of the law. Opponents of the decision say it makes it easier to discriminate against minorities.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:47:08 +0000 Kate McGee 8251 at http://kut.org Changes to the Voting Rights Act: What Texans Need to Know Texas Minority Lawmakers: Keep Voting Rights Act http://kut.org/post/texas-minority-lawmakers-keep-voting-rights-act <p></p><p>Representatives from minority groups are asking Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop fighting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_5/about.php">Section Five of the Voting Rights Act.</a></p><p>This Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/25/172603328/alabama-divided-as-court-prepares-to-hear-voting-rights-challenge">hear oral arguments</a>&nbsp;on the<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_County_v._Holder">&nbsp;Shelby County v. Holder case</a>, which challenges Section Five of the Voting Rights Act. That's the part of the act that requires federal approval of any changes to voting requirements.</p><p>While the Shelby County v. Holder case originated in Alabama, Texas State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher said this case resembles Texas cases that might be heard by the Supreme Court. Abbott's appeal of a decision that deeming Texas’ new redistricting maps discriminatory also challenges Section Five.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:45:02 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6738 at http://kut.org Texas Minority Lawmakers: Keep Voting Rights Act Election Day: Six Things Austin Voters Should Know http://kut.org/post/election-day-six-things-austin-voters-should-know <p>Election Day is here and hundreds of thousands are expected to head to the polls in Travis County. More than 237,000 Travis County voters cast a ballot during early voting—that's a little over 37 percent of registered voters. Traditional voting patterns show that half of registered voters don't vote until Election Day.</p><p>More Texans than ever before are registered to vote in this election—13.64 million people. Presidential elections typically bring more voters to the polls. In 2008, more than 402,000 Travis County residents voted in the presidential election.</p><p>Here are six things you should know if <em>you're</em> headed to the polls today:</p><p><strong>1. Registered Travis County Voters Can Vote Anywhere in the County:</strong></p><p>For this election, <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/vote-centers-okd-november-election" target="_blank">Travis County Commissioners approved vote centers</a>. That means registered voters can forget about their precincts and cast a ballot anywhere in the county with a 'vote here' sign. These places include schools and libraries along with locations used for early voting such as grocery stores. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:49:34 +0000 Laura Rice 5531 at http://kut.org Election Day: Six Things Austin Voters Should Know Texas AG Pits State Code Against International Treaty http://kut.org/post/texas-ag-pits-state-code-against-international-treaty <p>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been making waves in international waters. Abbott and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an international watchdog group, have been clashing all week.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:37:30 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5464 at http://kut.org Texas AG Pits State Code Against International Treaty Report: 10 Million Latinos Impacted By Voter ID Laws, Other Measures http://kut.org/post/report-10-million-latinos-impacted-voter-id-laws-other-measures <p>A new <a href="http://b.3cdn.net/advancement/18ff5be68ab53f752b_0tm6yjgsj.pdf">report</a> says the combined impact of voter ID laws, proof of citizenship requirements, and inaccurate purges of voter registration rolls could prevent over 10 million Latino Americans from registering and voting in elections this year.</p><p>The report is authored by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.advancementproject.org/content/home">Advancement Project</a>, a national civil rights organization that opposes measures like voter ID. It argues that “voter suppression laws and policies threaten to relegate eligible Latino voters to second-class citizenship and impede their ability to participate fully in American democracy.”</p><p>Texas laws and actions are targeted by The Advancement Project, including the state’s voter ID law (which was <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/feds-reject-texas-voter-id-law">overturned by a U.S. district court</a>, and is unlikely to be implemented this November). The report also lists Texas as among 14 states that have requested U.S. Department of Homeland Security data “for the purpose of conducting state voter purges based on citizenship.”</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:32:45 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5141 at http://kut.org Report: 10 Million Latinos Impacted By Voter ID Laws, Other Measures