Misinformation from an activist lawyer in south Texas prompted the State’s Attorney General to issue a warning and inform citizens of the law.
“A recent news article stated that Jose Garza, the attorney who advises the Mexican American Legislative Caucus on voting rights and redistricting issues, is encouraging Texans to violate or ignore the law,” stated Attorney General Greg Abbot.
Always unethical for a lawyer to advise someone to violate Texas law
“It is always unethical for a lawyer to advise someone to violate Texas law,” Abbott declared on August 19. “Even worse, Garza’s advice does not inform voters to bring one of the acceptable forms of voter ID.”
“Instead, in an attempt to create a false impression that voter ID suppresses votes, the unethical advice is to come to the polls without the needed ID – even if you might have one – in order to make it look like voter ID laws suppress votes,” Abbott warned. “The only person working to suppress votes is Mr. Garza and his unethical advice not to follow the law and not to present IDs that voters already have or can obtain for free.”
A valid Texas driver’s license, Texas personal identification card, U.S. passport, Texas concealed handgun license, U.S. Military ID with photo, U.S. Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization with photo or an Election ID certificate are permitted to vote at the polls in all elections.
“Any voter confusion that happens on Election Day will be due to this damaging and unethical advice,” Abbott said of Garza’s opinion and guidance.
A desperate attempt by opponents of voter ID...
“This is a desperate attempt by opponents of voter ID who have been unable to find a single Texan who will not be able to vote because of the law. Given that they can’t find anyone who can’t vote because of voter ID, this ploy is likely to suppress many more votes than voter ID ever will.”
“Confusing and misleading Texans in order to create an unnecessary lawsuit is disgraceful,” Abbott stated.
Abbott commended the city of Edinburg for setting the record straight in news articles regarding an upcoming election.
The Attorney General also singled out Garza for being “incorrect that Texans will be turned away if they do not produce a photo ID.”
“According to state law, voters who appear at the polls without ID will be given a provisional ballot,” Abbott set the record straight. “That ballot will be counted when the voter presents photo identification to the voter registrar within six days after the election. So no one will be turned away from the polls, regardless of whether they bring photo ID.”