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TLCV Statement on Senate Voter ID Bill: “Bad Public Policy for Texas”

January 26th, 2011

LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP CRITICIZES SENATE PASSAGE OF
VOTER ID BILL

State Government should encourage, not discourage, civic participation

AUSTIN, TX—The following should be attributed to David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters.

“The Texas Senate’s passage of Voter ID legislation is bad public policy for Texas.

“This legislation, if enacted, would likely depress voter turnout in some of Texas’s most polluted urban neighborhoods, specifically in Houston and Dallas.  These neighborhoods are home to middle and lower income Hispanic and African American communities who need a strong voice in government, including how their elected officials craft environmental policy.

“Texas state government should be encouraging civic engagement in these areas, not creating obstacles to participation in voting and elections.”

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The Texas League of Conservation Voters works to preserve and enhance the quality of life of Texans by making conservation a top priority with Texas elected officials, political candidates and voters.  Find us online at http://www.tlcv.org and follow us on Twitter @tlcv.