Transcript: Rep. Ted Poe on Texas’ voter ID law
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of House floor remarks by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on voter ID (July 10, 2012):
“Madam Speaker, at this moment, Attorney General Eric Holder is going to deliver a speech at a conference in Houston, Texas. To hear him speak, media must present a valid government photo ID. I assume this is to prevent unauthorized individuals from being able to enter the auditorium.
“I suspect Mr. Holder will rant about Texas having a voter ID to vote however.
“You see, Madam Speaker, the Justice Department is also in court today suing Texas, claiming Texas voter ID law disenfranchises people. It seems to me the law would only disenfranchise fraudulent voters, never mind the Supreme Court has already upheld voter ID laws.
“Madam Speaker, the DOJ just ignores the Supreme Court decisions it doesn’t like and it continues its war against Texas.
“Holder’s inconsistent. He believes in security and photo IDs for people when he speaks but rejects valid security and IDs for people when they vote.
“Security is important. Security prevents unauthorized individuals from entering an auditorium or voter that shouldn’t enter an auditorium or shouldn’t vote. But the DOJ doesn’t care about being hypocritical.
“The DOJ, Madam Speaker, is once again on the wrong side of justice and that’s just the way it is.”
- C-Span.org: Video of the House session on July 10, 2012
- Rep. Ted Poe’s website
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: AG Eric Holder’s remarks at the 2012 NAACP convention