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The View and Voices of Election Night 2018 in El Paso

The distance was several hundred feet, the difference of tens of thousands of votes in the races and the emotions were on opposite sides of the spectrum in Downtown El Paso on Election Night.

While the Veronica Escobar faithful celebrated her victory in the race for the 16th Congressional Seat, just down the block, scores of Beto O’Rourke supporters leaned on each other as their hopes for a victory in the Texas Senate race faded like an opposing team’s home run leaving Southwest University Park, as Senator Ted Cruz claimed victory.

Below are some of the sights and sounds of Tuesday night’s largest parties, thanks to Herald Post staff members Andra Litton, Steven Cottingham and Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta.  (Also special shoutout to Duke Keith for letting us embed the special he did for 550 KTSA below the gallery)

 

Beto Rally Readies for Pols & Partiers

Got to do some radio news tonight for the Alamo City. Thanks to KTSA-AM and News Director Dennis Foley for allowing me to part of their election night coverage from Beto O'Rourke's rally at Southwest University Park.The game has changed a bit since I started at KTAM-KORA in beautiful Bryan-College Station back in the late 1980's – social media means video. Here's a short piece I did before they opened the park.550 KTSA Congressman Beto O'Rourke

Posted by Duke Keith on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Texans Face New Voter ID Law for March 6 Primaries

AUSTIN – When Texans head to the polls March 6 for the first primary of the 2018 midterm elections, they’ll face a new Voter ID law.

That law, which went into effect Jan. 1, keeps the same list of permissible forms of identification, but allows Texans without a photo ID to vote if they present an alternate form of ID, such as a utility bill or pay stub.

However, according to Beth Stevens, voting rights director for the Texas Civil Rights Project, to use an alternative ID, you’ll have to sign a “reasonable impediment form” stating why you couldn’t obtain a proper ID.

She maintains the form, which sternly warns of the possible penalties for voter fraud, is designed to intimidate minority voters.

“On the reasonable impediment form itself, there’s going to be notice to the voter of, ‘Look, here are the things you could be charged with’ – perjury, or there’s a state jail felony,” she points out. “So, you can imagine as a voter going in and reading that, it can be scary.”

Stevens says the new law was revised last year by the Legislature after the courts struck down the 2011 Voter ID Law.

A federal judge ruled in 2017 that the first law was discriminatory, and is still considering whether state lawmakers passed that law with the intent to discriminate.

And even though the new version of the law is in effect, Stevens says yet another legal challenge could be in the offing.

Stevens says the Texas Civil Rights Project has joined the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, a national effort to ensure voting rights.

The coalition will have trained volunteers and attorneys answering toll-free phone numbers in English, Spanish and a multi-Asian-language line to assist Texans with any problems they may encounter in the voting process.

“Anyone can call these numbers and ask anything as seemingly mundane as, ‘I don’t know where my polling location is,’ all the way to something more sinister like, ‘I’m in line to vote and I’m being intimidated,'” Stevens states.

She adds the coalition is also training hundreds of observers to place at polling stations across the state to ensure that voting rights are upheld, during both the March primaries and the general election in November.

Early voting for the primary begins Feb. 20.

Author:  Mark Richardson – Texas News Service