Via Angry Asian Man, I see that a Texas Republican is putting the burden of voter ID on Asian Americans to have easier names, whatever that means.
Similar to laws that passed in Indiana, Georgia, and Florida, the voter ID bill under discussion would create more restrictions on the types of identification a voter would need to produce at a polling place — a government-issued photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID from a designated list. This isn’t particularly good news for the poor, elderly, college students, and minority groups.
Ramey Ko was testifying on behalf of the local OCA chapter when Rep. Betty Brown said:
“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.
Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”
Sorry that our names are difficult for you to understand and pronounce, but that doesn’t mean that people should be denied voting rights. Besides which, Texas has a rather substantial APA voting population, including a fair number of Republicans. Not to mention, current and previous elected officials including AAA-Fund Honorary Board member Rep. Hubert Vo, ex-Rep. Martha Wong and sitting Rep. Angie Chen Button.
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