Picture me this

On the issue of this voter ID dust-up, here’s something interesting that came out of the debate in the Texas Senate last night: even if you have the necessary photo I.D., you still might not be accepted to vote.

Ray Martinez, Drivers License

The reason is simple: too many people simply do not look like the photo on their drivers license.

Senator Zaffirini was the one who brought it up. She shared a photo from a drivers license, and challenged Senators to name the person whose photo it was. None of the Senators had a guess.

She then asked the person whose photo it was to stand up. Her Chief of Staff, Ray Martinez, stood up. At the time, Ray had been sitting next to Zaffirini, in plain sight of all the Senators who couldn’t guess that it was his photo.

Ray Martinez, yesterday

The fact is, a drivers license is valid for 6 years. Under certain circumstances, drivers are enabled to renew it online for an additional 6 years. That means some Texans are running around with drivers licenses with photos taken up to 12 years ago.

Check out how the Texas Democratic Party is having fun with this. And if you think this might apply to you, send in your pictures to them, because after the Senate gets done today, the House gets its turn. But for the Texan who will be rejected for voting some day, it’s no laughing matter.

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3 Responses to Picture me this

  1. whiskeydent January 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    FUB, I suspect toupe salesmen are jumping for job over this development.

  2. whiskeydent January 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Dammit, joy.

  3. Anonymous February 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Boy – you’re right! Driver’s licenses should, by extension, not be valid ID for proof of age for R- rated movies, proof of ID when you are pulled over, or entitle people over the age of 21 to purchase alcohol. We should just go to a national dna database and draw blood for proof of identity when it is needed.

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