Voting in America is a sacred right, and we take great pride in having an orderly election process that is free from the violence that disrupts elections in so many other countries. However, after nearly every election we hear disturbing reports of voter fraud. Fraudulent acts can affect election results and they compromise the integrity of our system. No one wants to see that happen.
The Texas Legislature worked to address voter fraud by passing a voter identification law that would have required voters to show photo identification. As you may know, in August a federal court blocked implementation of the law because they ruled the legislation would impose “strict, unforgiving burdens” on voters. Describing the law as the most stringent in the country, the unanimous decision by a three-judge panel marks the first time that a federal court has blocked a voter-ID law.
Fraudulent acts often include voters who attempt to vote more than once, who give an inaccurate address in order to vote in a preferred district, or who say they are someone they are not in order to qualify to vote. This practice is appalling and takes the legitimacy out of our elections process. Without voters showing proper identification at the polling place, poll workers have little ability to prevent fraud.
In order to curb this practice, I have joined forces with Congressman Joe Walsh by co-sponsoring the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2012. This act will require voters casting ballots in a federal election to provide the appropriate election official with government-issued photo identification for all elections held on or after January 1, 2014. This is a common sense reform, and I hope that the House will take up this much-needed bill soon.
I assure you I will continue to work to root out fraudulent activities that interfere with the integrity of our nation’s democracy.