Dallas County Commissioners are discussing whether to pony up more money to reach voters whose photo IDs don’t match their elections records. The Democratic county judge says it’s an effort to make sure everyone who’s registered gets to vote, but the commission’s lone Republican thinks there’s another reason. Last November was the first test of Texas’ new voter ID law, and in Dallas County one in five had to sign affidavits before they could cast ballots. They had to swear to their identities because the names on their photo ID’s didn’t exactly match their names on the county’s registration list. Election officials believe at least 195,000 registered voters in Dallas County have name discrepancies that will delay their voting in March and November.
… Commissioners spent $79,000 on a first mailing two weeks ago and only eight percent have responded and updated their records.
“This is the Washington mentality. If it doesn’t work the first time, kind of like the stimulus, keep throwing money at it and it will correct it. Well these are taxpayer dollars, not the judge’s dollars,” Cantrell said.