Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Smoking out voting claims

Gov. Rick Perry, who signed the Texas voter ID mandate into law, speaks with reporters after casting an early ballot before the 2013 general election (Austin American-Statesman, Erika Rich).
Gov. Rick Perry, who signed the Texas voter ID mandate into law, speaks with reporters after casting an early ballot before the 2013 general election (Austin American-Statesman, Erika Rich).

"BREAKING: Texas Governor Rick Perry’s voter ID law is a blatant effort to defeat Wendy Davis by disenfranchising tens of thousands of women voters."

So said an email blast from the Democratic Governors Association urging recipients to contribute to the Fort Worth state senator's gubernatorial campaign.

Pants on Fire, we concluded, in that the Texas ID proposal was passed into law two years before Davis emerged as a prospect for governor and, far as we could tell, was not initially critiqued as an assault on women voting or, to date, shown to have disenfranchised women.

Our foray reminded us, too, that we've checked various claims about voting.

None of this should deter anyone from voting Tuesday. It's your right and choice.