HOUSTON — For those of you keeping track of the “As Texas goes, so goes the nation” notion, I have either very good or very bad news.
The state that gave you two recent mediocre-to-crummy Republican presidents (who are starting to look downright Lincolnesque compared to you-know-who), gerrymandering in the guise of redistricting (thanks a lot, Tom DeLay) and a profound if misguided antipathy to government in general is now surging ahead in a new field: voter suppression. As someone who loves Texas with a triple shot of ambivalence, I take no pleasure in spreading this news. But if it is your goal to keep people of color from the polls — some Republican leaders come to mind — it’s time once again to look to Texas for guidance.
Our state officials in their infinite wisdom last week announced that they hoped to excise 95,000 people from voter rolls because they didn’t seem to be citizens. Our secretary of state, David Whitley, insisted that, with the help of the Department of Public Safety, he had been able to compile a list of those supposedly illegally registered. It was even suggested that 58,000 of those folks had actually already voted, a felony in these parts. This finding was heralded in a tweet by our attorney general, Ken Paxton, as an all-caps “Voter Fraud Alert.” Paxton, you may or may not know, is himself under indictment for securities fraud.
The state, which as yet cannot take anyone off the voter rolls, turned to county officials, who can. They are supposed to hunt those miscreants down by sending notices demanding they appear at voter registrars’ offices with proof of citizenship (birth certificate, passport, etc.) within 30 days. Otherwise, they would be stricken from the rolls and, presumably, ICE would be pounding on their doors soon after.
Among many who seized on this appalling narrative was President Trump, who tweeted: “These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant. Must be stopped!”
Well, yes, someone had to be stopped here in Texas, and the narrative was appalling, but not for the stated reasons. Within 24 hours, various groups devoted to voting rights had put on their thinking caps — they don’t give them out at the Statehouse — and were noting a few problems with the list.
Like, some of this “research” was 25 years old, during which time a lot of people holding driver’s licenses could have become naturalized citizens who, at least so far, are allowed to vote in Texas. In other words, state leaders were not experts in data compilation, a finding that should surprise no one. As our former governor and the current secretary of energy Rick Perry would say, “Whoops.”
Within a few days, Harris County (which includes Houston) had found that 60 percent of the 30,000 people on the DPS’s list should never have been there in the first place, because they had become citizens in the last quarter-century or so. The League of United Latin American Citizens also filed suit against Mr. Whitley and Mr. Paxton, claiming a violation of the Voting Rights Act, and declared the whole mess a “witch hunt” intended to scare Latinos away from the ballot box.
Ignorance or venality? Hard to say. Stupidity is always a good bet, but Texans are already trying to exercise their civic duty with one of the nation’s strictest voter identification laws in effect — regular people already need to show a government-issued ID to vote here. Then, too, the convoluted rules for running third-party voter registration drives here would send Rube Goldberg to bed with a blinding migraine.
There is one simple fact fomenting all this hysteria, of course: According to census estimates, the state’s Hispanic population grew to 11.2 million in 2017, from 9.7 million in 2010. The population of white Texans grew by only about half a million people, to 11.9 million, during the same period. By 2022, the state is guesstimated to be majority Latino. (By 2050 our booming population — with all our Latinos — is supposed to surpass California’s.) This may or may not mean that Texas will turn blue around the same time, though the anti-immigrant/build the wall bias of state and national leaders who know better might be helping that process along. On the other hand, maybe our leadership plans to just deport them all.
Those numbers could certainly explain the weirdness of the last few days. A weak, diminished Republican leadership, not to mention its far-right backers, is more terrifying to our leaders in Austin and their far-right backers than the return of Barack Obama.
But I’m not sure Texas Democrats are exploiting this opportunity to the fullest. Yes, they profit politically and financially from demonizing the opposition (who, let’s face it, deserve it). While all the hand-wringing and lawsuit-bringing is helpful, why not use the state’s latest boneheaded move as an opportunity to call for real reform?
What if the Democrats agreed that, O.K., maybe voter fraud could be a terrible problem here? Maybe we should invest more time and money into registering real voters? Maybe we could use state funds to update our outdated voting machines, so nobody — like those danged Russians — could interfere with our elections? And why not move away from identity politics to something bigger?
After all, who’s against democracy?
Mimi Swartz, an executive editor at Texas Monthly, is a contributing opinion writer.
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【南】【婉】【在】【焦】【灼】，【郁】【庭】【深】【却】【刻】【意】【咳】【嗽】【了】【下】，【装】【得】【一】【副】【淡】【定】【从】【容】。 “【抱】【歉】，【陈】【虎】【先】【生】，【我】【的】【婉】【婉】【身】【体】【不】【好】，【不】【适】【合】【在】【你】【们】【身】【边】【住】【着】，【所】【以】【我】【合】【作】，【你】【得】【放】【了】【我】【家】【人】？” 【陈】【虎】【胡】【须】【在】【清】【风】【下】【颤】【动】，“【我】【说】，【这】【么】【柔】【弱】【的】【小】【姑】【娘】，【跟】【你】【一】【起】，【不】【更】【好】【照】【顾】【么】？” “【哦】。【你】【如】【果】【不】【介】【意】，【到】【时】【候】【我】【全】【程】【照】【顾】【婉】【婉】【的】【话】，【那】(来源：郑瑜婷)