Yesterday, I predicted that I would support George Clayton over Angie Chen Button in the GOP primary election for Texas House District 112. For reasons, I mentioned her membership on the DART audit committee in 2008 when DART surprised everyone, including the audit committee, with a $900 million budget shortfall that had been building for years. More importantly, I can't support her attitude towards school finance in particular and the state budget in general. She is a safe vote for underfunding schools, health care, roads, water, and other necessities of a modern state.
Now, it's still early and Clayton still has plenty of time to lose my vote, too, but while I wait to hear from him, Button continues to rack up reasons for me not to support her.
After the jump, Button on Voter ID.
Button forwarded a tweet from the Texas House Republican Caucus: "With 1.8M dead people voting, Voter ID seeks to restore confidence in Texas elections npr.org/2012/02/14/146..."
What's wrong with this claim? It is an outright falsehood to say there are "1.8M dead people voting." The purported evidence, an NPR article, is headlined, "Study: 1.8 Million Dead People Still Registered To Vote." See what she did there?
The story is about dead people still registered to vote, not "voting." In other words, the cemeteries don't get the word to the voting registrars. Button conveniently leaves out the part of the article that says, "There's little evidence that this has led to widespread voter fraud." In other words, the gist of the article is pretty much the exact opposite of the scare story that Button's tweet makes it out to be. It may take longer than Button would like to get dead people removed from voter registration lists, but there's little evidence of dead people actually voting.
If there's a lack of "confidence in Texas elections," it's being manufactured by Button and the Texas House GOP caucus by making false charges like the one in this tweet.
If voters would vote out of office politicians like Angie Chen Button who undermine faith in the American electoral system for their own partisan political gain, that would do more to restore my own confidence in Texas elections than anything Button is trying to do with Voter ID.