Legendary Former U.S. House Speaker Denied Voter ID Card Under Texas Voter ID Laws

Texas voter ID law denies vote to beloved former House speaker at 90. Photo of Jim Wright.

Jim Wright, legendary former Speaker of the U.S. House, was denied an ID to vote under the new Texas voter ID laws.
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“Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn’t give me an ID.” — 90-year-old Jim Wright, beloved former U.S. speaker of the House, after being unable to get an ID that complies with the new Texas voter ID law.

These are the words of 90- year- old Jim Wright, legendary former U.S. House Speaker, after trying, and failing, to obtain the proper identification to vote at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Wright told the Fort Worth Star Telegram that he and his assistant went to attempt to get a new ID, after he realized that all he had were an expired driver’s license and a Texas Christian University Faculty ID. It was confirmed at the Public Safety Office that these pieces were not, as Wright already knew, sufficient for the purpose of voting. Apparently, they were not sufficient to obtain a new ID, either, because Wright told the Star-Telegram that he will be back on Monday with his birth certificate. As for the experience itself? Mr. Wright says:

“I earnestly hope these unduly stringent requirements on voters won’t dramatically reduce the number of people who vote.”

Yeah, we hope the new Texas voter ID law won’t keep people from voting, too.

We have the same hope there, Mr. Wright. However, I think we both know that this is a losing battle. Further, we know that it is certain demographics of people, the types of people who would be unable to get all of the proper documents in time, who would be most affected by this. you know, the folks most likely to vote democrat. The racial minorities, the women whose names are changed due to marriage… people they don’t want to have a voice.

However, there is a ray of hope, here. As story after story comes out of these political figures having trouble voting with all of these new Texas voter ID laws in place, people begin to wonder. Less than two weeks ago, a Texas judge was nearly barred from voting in her own court house. They start to think, if a politician has trouble, won’t I have trouble? Won’t my friends have trouble? And they start to realize just how ridiculously unjust this all is, and this starts to backfire, and it blows up in the face of every GOP lawmaker around.