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July 25, 2013

Area Democrats meet tonight to discuss 'Battleground Texas,' 'Voter ID'

JACKSONVILLE — The Cherokee County Texas Democrats will be discussing the politically-charged issues of “Voter Photo ID” and “Battleground Texas” during a special meeting tonight.

It takes place about 6:30 p.m. at Lupe's, 517 East Rusk Street in Jacksonville during the group's monthly dinner gathering,  according to a Facebook post by Kathy Kilmer Moak.

“Battleground Texas” is an information empowerment movement championed by the Democrat Party.

The goal is to – in a sentence – increase the political influence of Democrats in Texas while eliminating that of Republicans.

“Voter Photo ID” is a hot-button issue pitting Democrats – who are wary of laws that might hinder voting by lower-income residents, senior citizens and the disabled – against Republicans, who argue it is a necessary measure to prevent voter fraud.

Joanna Reagan, a local Democratic official, said she just returned from a special summit in Waco in which Democratic speakers urged participants to line up registrars and start registering people to vote as soon as possible.

Reagan said the Thursday meeting – just like the political air in Texas right now – should be lively.

“There certainly is a lot going on,” she said. “There is a lot of motivation and interest out there that we haven't had in a while.”


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