This year, I voted in Texas for the first time. It was complicated. Registering to vote was simple enough. The post office had a form I could print out with my personal information and change of address. Because I don't own a car, I had to Lyft to the Bexar County Elections Department and turn in my registration. Although I was more than a week ahead of the deadline, the sheer number of new registrations meant that I was not in the system until weeks after the deadline had passed. I was able to check online and see that I was registered, although my registration card did not arrive until several weeks later. Obtaining an ID was another matter. Texas has one of the strictest voter-ID laws in the country. It is very selective about which IDs are valid—the Republican-controlled state legislature determined that military IDs and gun licenses are fine, but employee and student IDs are not—and to vote I would have to obtain a Texas state ID. I could get a driver's license if I turned in my license from Washington, D.C., from where I'd recently moved, and as long as I brought proof of citizenship, proof of… Read full this story
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