|Judge Sandra Watts, Corpus Christi, Texas|
Moreover, the state is doing very little to make sure that voters who don’t have an ID can get one. As I mentioned, 600–800,000 registered voters don’t have an acceptable voter ID, but according to the Dallas Morning News “only 41 of the new cards were issued by DPS [Department of Public Safety] as of last week.”
Ok, this is because only 41 people applied. [Link to Texas Voter Registration Site] There are mobile units - you can go onto the Internet to sign up and even change your name. The only thing keeping anyone from voting is the lack of proof they are US Citizens, period. I've spent the day looking up the various stories given to reporters about individual voter woes at the polling booth, not one is legitimate, in fact, one of the people complaining is actually DEAD. Admittedly dead would be a problem. The most asinine of all is a story out of Corpus Christi - Judge Sandra L. Mathis Watts.
The problem came to light Monday, when a local district judge had trouble casting a ballot.
"What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote," 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts said.
Watts has voted in every election for the last 49 years. The name on her driver's license has remained the same for 52 years, and the address on her voter registration card or driver's license hasn't changed in more than two decades. So imagine her surprise when she was told by voting officials that she would have to sign a "voters affidavit" affirming she was who she said she was.
"Someone looked at that and said, 'Well, they're not the same,'" Watts said.
The difference? On the driver's license, Judge Watts' maiden name is her middle name. On her voter registration, it's her actual middle name. That was enough under the new, more strict voter fraud law, to send up a red flag.
"This is the first time I have ever had a problem voting," Watts said. [LINK]Ummm, not quite the truth Judge....
Obviously Judge Watt's is being less than truthful. This voter registration is valid from 1/01/2012. So if she just voted last week, and everything was in order, what was the problem? Why would she mislead? Sandra is a staunch democrat. She has been banging the drum for voter's rights since her college days. She believes as many democrats do, it's a small lie that will serve the greater good. It's a lie that will help her look sympathetic to the undocumented voters in her son's upcoming bid for Senator. All of the above seem to fit.
Dishonesty sort of runs in her family. I'm just not sure why anyone would vote for a Judge known to mislead them. I guess it's easy when the media lets the dishonesty go unchallenged. Not one journalist fact checked Judge Watt's story. Interesting story here about the Judge's use/non-use of the Shield Law.
Trivia re Judge Watts: Her son, Mikal Watts, a well known lawyer in a small Texas pond, has been in trouble since about 2007 for using a case runner, Mauricio Celis, posing as an attorney. Now, in 2013, BP has raided his offices to procure information pertaining to lawsuits stemming from the BP oil spill. He was also admonished for not telling Ford his plaintiff had died during settlement negotiations. Now Attorney Watts is "taking time off to see his son graduate", and then plans to run for office.
It's just a small thing, right? Small things snowball...as can be witnessed if one researches the history of lies of some of the worst offenders in political history.