Ten or so years ago, I served as a poll
watcher for a state representative election in West Dallas.
On that day, I challenged over 80
voters who attempted to vote without
a voter registration card, driver license
or state issued identification.
These individuals were bused to our polling site by some well known
local political operatives and hustled in to cast their vote.
Their only problem was I challenged
the intended vote of these individuals due to
their lack of proper identification. As soon as I filled out the
paperwork to challenge these votes, which
also requires the signature of the election judge,
all of those challenged prospective voters were encouraged by the
election judge to not vote and they did not vote.
On that day, the average votes cast in that type of election was
very lowcompared to previous state
representative elections held at that polling site.
On that day,
I was a poll watcher for a very well known
former state representative. And, guess
what, someone called the Dallas County Sheriff that day charging me
with voter suppression attempting to oust me from from that polling
site. It did not work.
By the end of the day, I successfully
challenged approximately 87 voters who were attempting to vote under
similar circumstances. That was over 10
So, would this be voter suppression? I think not.
Ward politics is the
Devil's key to the soul of the city council. It is how some
council members got themselves in trouble in the past. It is
the bait that will get others in trouble in the future. 4/6/8