Clarifying TX Voter ID Ruling: Sue Evenwel, SREC SD1

Update 8/11/16 –

From Alan Vera, Chairman of the HCRP Ballot Security Committee, stated “We lost the provisional ballot angle. They can vote regular ballot with a utility bill and a completed affidavit. It’s 2010 plus an affidavit.”

 After communicating with General Paxton’s office today, we learned that he is correct …. BUT add that violating the affidavit (not waiver) is a felony offense and those ballots are subtotaled separately, in case an election is challenged for ease of counting and verification. It was this option or NO voter ID. 
We have a lot of work to do with this issue in the upcoming TX Legislative session!


During our training Saturday in Austin, we received a report on the TX Voter ID ruling that was full of inaccuracies and felt like this well researched explanation would help with a lot of confusion and questions. A mountain of gratitude is owed to Sue Evenwel for putting this together for us!

As always, feel free to contact me if you should have any questions.

Tanya Robertson


“August 10, 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,

While many of you were in Cleveland nominating the 2016 Republican Presidential candidate, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was announcing its decision in Veasey vs. Abbott, the Texas Voter ID case.  Earlier this year I was disappointed with another ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, in regard to the Voting Rights Act in my own case Evenwel vs. Abbott, which came to be known as ‘One person, one vote”.  So, when this Texas Voter ID decision was announced, I was more than a little interested in the outcome.  Several county chairmen in SD#1, and election workers in Titus County asked me to explain how this recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling will affect the November election.  After some comments and discussion at the training event in Austin this past weekend, I felt I needed to respond with the information I have been able research and discover.

Did you ever play “whisper down the lane” as a kid?  It is so amusing to hear the end result of just passing a simple sentence through a dozen people.  It doesn’t even resemble what was said at the start.  Regarding this case, there has been a lot of misinformation, unfair innuendos, and much confusion regarding the actions taken by our Attorney General (along with our Governor and Secretary of State) to protect the integrity of our election process.

The most troubling statement I heard was, “Basically, anyone will be able to present any form of ID, light bill or invoice, with or without a picture, sign an affidavit stating you are who you say you are, and be allowed to vote.  That is not true!

This November, in addition to a Texas driver’s license, 6 other acceptable forms of photo ID’s may be presented.

  • Texas Voters Identification Certificate, issued free of charge by the DPS.
  • Teas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • U.S. military identification card with person’s photo
  • U.S. citizenship certificate with person’s photo
  • United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, these documents must all be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented at the polling place.

The name on these ID’s must match what appears on the list of registered voters, or be “substantially similar”, i.e. Bill instead of William.  If there is a slight variance, as in the latter example, the voter must sign an affidavit stating that they are the same person as on the registered voter list.

Now, people have been known to show up to vote with none of these acceptable forms of ID.  If that happens, they will be able to vote provisionally.  No one will be refused a ballot.  However, that voter must produce the proper ID to the voter registrar not later than the 6th day after the election for their vote to be counted.

This solution, which General Paxton reached along with Governor Abbott and Secretary Cascos in agreement, is certainly not as strong as SB 14 was written, but it is a fair compromise, because the full 5th Circuit invalidated our law.  That means, without this interim solution there would be NO PHOTO ID at all in November!

The link below is an article by Hans von Spakovsky, a man I got to know in Washington, D.C. during the time my case was being prepared.  He is a senior legal fellow with The Heritage Foundation, and a highly respected authority on election law.  It was just published today!  Great minds think alike.  LOL

I also want to take this opportunity in thanking General Paxton for his leadership on this issue.  As Republicans we take ballot security and the integrity of elections seriously.  I am proud our Texas AG has remained steadfast in his fight to promote and protect the values we share as Republicans.  This case is no different.  He has provided us with the facts regarding the recent decision of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals relating to our state’s Voter ID bill and came up with a clear solution.

As a sidebar, General Paxton was an early supporter for strict voter id requirements.  In 2011, when he was in the Texas House, he co-sponsored Senate Bill 14, which requires a person to show a photo id when voting. Analysts have noted that the provisions outlined in Senate Bill 14 made this legislation the strictest voter id law in the nation. After the bill’s passage, Paxton tweeted that a “Photo ID is required to board a plane, drive a car, and cash a check…why not to vote?”

Unfortunately, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, recognized as the most conservative appellate court in the country, answered that rhetorical question with a disappointing ruling 9-6 that Senate Bill 14 violates the Voting Rights Act. Four Republican-appointed judges joined the five Democrat-appointed judges to strike down our voter ID law. Judge Catharina Haynes, who was nominated by President George W. Bush during his second term as President, wrote the opinion stating, “We conclude that the district court did not clearly err in determining that SB 14 has a discriminatory effect on minorities’ voting rights in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

This Court declared Texas’ voter ID law dead unless General Paxton along with Governor Abbott and Secretary of State Cascos reach an agreement with the plaintiff and Department of Justice (DOJ) containing terms that all parties find reasonable for the election this November. Additionally, the legislature must pass a bill next session addressing the Court’s concerns regarding the “discriminatory effect” of SB 14 in order to save our state’s voter id bill going forward.

No voter ID laws have been held permissible in federal court unless the law contains a procedure for affidavit. Therefore, General Paxton with Governor Abbott and Secretary Cascos searched for the most reasonable affidavit procedure.  The one procedure they agreed to is described above. The agreement reached with the plaintiff and Department of Justice states that an individual must provide a proper government-issued photo ID when voting unless the individual cannot obtain a proper form of identification. In this case, the individual must complete and sign an affidavit to which the penalty of perjury (a felony offense) applies stating that he/she cannot obtain an acceptable form of identification for the purposes of voting AND that individual must provide some other document of proof complete with a name and address.

Unfortunately, this is not the end of the issue.  Perhaps the most concerning part of this case is, the Appellate Court has remanded the case back to the District Court to determine if the Legislature exercised discriminatory purpose when passing SB 14. If discriminatory effect is found, then our state could be bailed-in again, which means our election laws and re-districting efforts would be subject to PRECLEARANCE by the Department of Justice, which would prove detrimental to our state under an Obama Administration or, heaven forbid, another Clinton Administration.   We cannot let that happen!  But that is the subject of another memo.

I sincerely hope this helps clarify the Voter ID requirement for November.

Warmest regards,

Sue Evenwel

Titus county Republican Party, chairman

SREC Committeewomen, SD#1

Plaintiff in Evenwel vs. Abbott”

You Are Appreciated!

Dear Senate District 11 delegates to the 2016 Texas Republican State Convention,

THANK YOU for honoring me with the opportunity to serve you for another 2 years on the SREC! Also, all of the support from our #TeamSD11 members who weren’t delegates, was VERY much appreciated …. I felt it while in Dallas.



We have a huge task at hand and I look forward to working toward our goals together!

For God and For Texas,


RPT SREC Committee 3rd Quarter Meeting – Streaming Live

If you are interested in the direction your Republican Party of Texas is heading, check out the live stream of the SREC Meeting today.
It’s archived for future viewing but it’s going to be very interesting and most likely, controversial. Be in the know.


Congratulations to Joy Weiner of Brazoria County Senate District 11 Volunteer of the Year!!

Joy Weiner, Texas Senate District 11’s Volunteer of Year

Video – SRECs Tanya Robertson and JT Edwards formally announce SD-11’s Volunteer of the Year during Senate District 11’s grassroots training.


Joy is currently serving as President of Angleton Republican Women, after serving as Vice President.

A longtime Republican activist and volunteer, Joy actively supports candidates by hosting block parties, working polls, attending fund raisers, block walking and making phone calls for Republican candidates.

She volunteers for many Brazoria County GOP events and fundraisers such as the Brazoria County Lincoln – Reagan dinner She also served as an adviser in the establishment of  the Brazoria County Young Republicans.

As a conservative Republican with a passion for serving, Joy was part of the Texas Strike Force coordinated by RNC National Committeeman (TX) Dr. Robin Armstrong  for the Romney presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Joy is her namesake. An articulate, energetic, motivated, and talented Republican activist who is dedicated to growing our Party, especially in non-traditional areas of our Party.”, says SREC SD-11’s Committeeman JT Edwards. “Joy has been a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path. She leads the way for all of us to follow. All the intangibles of a Volunteer of the Year who sets the standard of Republican activism and volunteerism for others to meet and exceed.”

SREC SD-11 Committeewoman Tanya Robertson’s comments, “Joy truly possesses a tireless servant’s heart. Whether it’s working for conservative causes, supporting Republican candidates, or sharing the gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ, she is relentless when it comes to working to restore our Republic and save souls.” She adds, “It’s been both humbling, and a pleasure, to witness Joy touch lives, hearts, and make such a difference in our communities, especially with the challenges that she faces. She is not only a phenomenal role model for our next generation but for those of us who have the honor of being a part of her life.”

SD-11 Republican legislators also recognize Joy’s activism and volunteerism:

State Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland, HD-29):
“I join with many others to congratulate Joy Weiner in being named the SD-11Volunteer of the Year. She has been very active in our community. Closely involved with the Republican Party and with local and statewide politics,she has also devoted many years to making a difference in the lives ofstudents at Alvin Community College and as a result has strengthened our local workforce. She does all this, in addition to fighting cancer, with grace and a smile that lights up a room. Freddie and I are fortunate to be good friends with Joy, someone who truly walks the talk. Congratulations, Joy!”

Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood, SD-11):
“Congratulations to my friend, our SD-11 Volunteer of the Year, Joy Weiner. While waging her own personal fight against cancer, she carries on our political fight for liberty and freedom. My fellow Republicans across Senate District 11 are grateful for her service and praying for her full recovery.”

The Republican Party of Texas sponsors a banquet every other year to honor its top Republican volunteers in all 31 Texas Senate Districts. This year’s celebration for our Volunteers include:

* Breakfast hosted by State Representative Todd Hunter

* Special Capitol Tour

* Lunch at the Capitol Grill hosted by our Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush

* Reception and Governor’s Mansion Tour hosted by Governor Abbott

* Banquet with Guest Speaker,  Ret. Colonel Allen West, former U.S. Congressman, at The Austin Club

PLUS Volunteers of the Year are announced with their photos, at the 2016 Republican Party State Convention!

Who knows…. next time it could be you!

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