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Texas Senator Mocks Voters Who Can’t Cast a Ballot Due to Tough Voter ID Laws

Texas Republicans just can’t help but put their foot in their mouths these days, especially when it comes to denying people the right to vote.

Just this week, it was revealed at that a judicial candidate in the state actually wanted a minority Democratic candidate to run unopposed so that her largely black constituents would not be motivated to go to the polls.

“We don’t want to motivate her voters,” Ron Natinsky explained to his fellower GOPers,  referring to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. “We don’t need another 5 or 10,000 of her people going to the polls. What we want them to think is, ‘There’s no reason. She doesn’t have an opponent. I don’t need to go to the polls. I’ll go spend my food stamp money at the grocery store or whatever, you know, on Election Day.”

Now a Texas Senator who favors restrictive voting laws has taken to Twitter to mock voters impacted by the recent change in the state’s voter ID rules.

Senator John Cornyn’s wife apparently lost her wallet recently, prompting him to tweet this:

Wife lost wallet and ID so must wait to get new ID tomorrow; part of vast right wing conspiracy to suppress the conservative vote.

Of course, there is a huge difference between an upper-middle class white lady who lost her ID and has the resources (and the gas money) to get the ID quickly replaced and the elderly, disenfranchised and minorities who are most impacted by the law, but that difference seemed to elude Cornyn, who saw it fit to make light of the recently reinstated restrictions.

For the record, while it is no doubt true his wife will get her ID before Election Day, since the law was re-enacted in October, it is estimated that 600,000 Texans, mostly African-American and Latino, will have no way to cast their vote next Tuesday, because despite what Cornyn implied in his tweet, getting an ID in Texas can often be tough.

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