PolitiFact: Mexico requires photo ID to vote
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who’s lately gotten attention for an online post about dropping a nuclear bomb in the Middle East, drew our gaze with a closer-to-home meme defending the Texas law that requires voters to present government-issued photo identification.
The meme on Miller’s Facebook page shows what looks like a voter registration card issued by Mexico under this text: “To vote in Mexico every eligible Mexican has to have a tamper-proof photo-ID card with a thumbprint and an embossed hologram.”
Above the meme, Miller commented: “The federal government and the courts are fighting to overturn Texas’ voter ID laws saying they are racist. Voter ID laws seem to be working well in Mexico and they worked well in Texas. Our elections should be free from fraud and abuse. The people of Texas deserve no less.”
We checked information posted online by Mexico’s government. To vote in Mexico, according to Mexico’s National Electoral Institute, adult citizens must apply to the Electoral Roll by personally submitting an official form that includes their signature, fingerprint and photograph to a field office of the Federal Electoral Registry. There’s an office in every electoral district. There are some exceptions, such as for citizens who physically can’t go to the offices.
For about two decades, the institute has issued free “photo-voting cards” — “an essential document to exercise the right to vote,” according to the site. They include the owner’s address, electoral district, full name, age and ID number.
Mindful of Miller’s mention of a hologram and thumbprint on each card, we checked the institute’s website, which says the front of each card has a hologram that changes color depending on the angle of light. The hologram is imprinted with the institute’s name, the agency says, and the agency’s Spanish initials, “INE.” Also there: an element that enables the ID to be verified by a radio frequency, the agency says.
We looked at a sample voter card on the website, which showed on its back the voter’s signature and what looked to us like a thumbprint.
Kenneth Greene, a University of Texas associate professor of government, told us Miller was correct in that “Mexico has an excellent voter registration system that was created to overcome decades of fraud (i.e., multiple votes, voting by dead people).”
Eric Olson of the Latin American program at the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said, “Historically there has been so much electoral fraud in Mexico (not by immigrants but by the long-ruling governing party PRI) that Mexico undertook a major electoral reform in 1996 that included the creation of an electoral ID card that has become a default national ID card.” Olson said the card hasn’t ended voter fraud, “but it’s much more difficult.”
Miller said: “To vote in Mexico every eligible Mexican citizen has to have a tamper-proof photo-ID card with a thumbprint and an embossed hologram.”
But not the United States of America.
Democrats think blacks are too stupid to get an ID card and they want illegals voting so the party opposes voter ID.
But they’re not racists.
Mexico has required secure photo IDs at the polls for nearly 20 years. We rate the statement True.