Mr, Strama sent me a letter on May 9th to explain his position and to say he voted against the bill. Here is the text of his letter:
Thank you for your correspondence concerning providing proof of identification at voting places. I appreciate you taking the time to share your views on this issue with me.I appreciate Representative Strama responding to me by letter.
I proposed an alternative approach to preventing voter fraud, which I had hoped Democrats and Republicans could unite behind. My proposal would have created an Election Integrity Task Force in every prosecutors' office in Texas, specifically trained and tasked with investigating and preventing voter fraud. My proposal would have required election administrators in every county in Texas to conduct an Integrity Audit after each election, and refer any evidence of criminal activity to the Election Integrity Task Force in the prosecutor's office.
With my amendment, we could have cracked down on election fraud by punishing the criminals, rather than by erecting new barriers that could inadvertently prevent many law-abiding Texans from voting. Unfortunately, my amendment was not adopted so I voted against the bill. (emphasis added)
Thank you again for writing to me about this important issue. If my office can be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us at .
Mr. Strama's "alternative approach" would have created a layer of bureaucracy in each county prosecutor's office to ensure "Election Integrity". In Travis County the chief prosecutor is District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a man to whom Strama may very well owe his seat because Mr. Earl, a well know partisan Democrat, relentlessly pursued Tom Delay on campaign ethics charges, the fall-out of which helped unseated Jack Stick (former HD50 Rep), making way for Strama, and through guilt by association likely did some damage to Jeff Fleece's campaign against Strama in 2006.
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