We are less than two months away from the most contentious presidential election of this generation. Aside from the candidates, how you can vote has also been an issue.
There are some new rules after an appeals court struck down the Texas photo voter id law. We asked republican, Hispanic immigrant and Texas Secretary of State, Carlos Cascos, about the much-debated law while he was in Houston on Thursday.
Cascos is a politician who knows the value of every vote. In 2010, he barely won the Cameron County judge’s seat. While speaking to a few dozen University of Houston Downtown students on Thursday, he recounted, “Out of 42,000 cast, I won by 69 votes.”
Today he is in charge of elections statewide, telling many of the first time voters in the auditorium that while Texas’ photo voter id law winds through the court system, you do have non-picture id options on Election Day as long as you are registered.
Cascos gave a few examples including a bank statement or a utility bill with your name on it.
Critics of the republican-backed law note the number of actual voter fraud cases since 2012 have been tiny.
Cascos replied, “I think they’ve been more, but let’s say those are the four cases that have been prosecuted – that’s not to say there haven’t been others.”
Cascos, was born in Mexico and spoke no English when he started school. We wondered if that made him more sympathetic to those who argue the photo id law discriminates against minorities.
Cascos answered, “I am an immigrant. My role is to not take an immigrants’ status or nonimmigrant’s status. To me that’s not an issue.”
He said he is focusing instead on what folks need to be able to vote adding, “I’m not going to address the voter id fraud issue at all.”
You have till October 11th to register to vote in the November elections. There are seven forms of photo id can you use.
If you don’t have a picture id, you can still vote with other official documents such as a certified birth certificate or voter registration card. For all of the details head to votertexas.gov.