A Debate: Does the Texas Voter ID Law Violate the U.S. Constitution?

The Austin Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, June 07, 2012 11:30 AM
End : Thursday, June 07, 2012 01:00 PM

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse
300 Colorado Street
Austin, TX


  • Jose Aliseda, Texas State Representative
  • Renea Hicks, Lawyer in Austin
  • Dr. Alan Sager (Moderator), Lecturer in Government at the University of Texas

In 2011 the Texas Legislature passed the Voter ID law. The law was designed to require voters to provide identification before they are allowed to vote. Proponents of the law argued that it was necessary to protect the ballot and prevent voter fraud. Opponents of the law argue that it is an unconstitutional infringement upon the right to vote. In 2012 the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit arguing that the law was unconstitutional and seeking an injunction to prevent its use. Please join us for a lively debate between two highly respected Texas attorneys analyzing the constitutional implications of the law.

Arguing in favor of the law’s constitutionality is State Representative Jose Aliseda (R-Beeville). Representative Aliseda is an attorney in Beeville, Texas, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Rep. Aliseda served in the United States Navy and before serving in the Texas Legislature held positions as County Judge and County Attorney. As a state legislator he was named “Freshman of the Year” by the House GOP Caucus and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Representative Aliseda was a supporter of the bill enacting the Voter ID legislation.

Arguing against the Voter ID law is Austin lawyer Renea Hicks. Mr. Hicks is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School. He formerly served as State Solicitor for the Attorney General’s office and Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Hicks is now in private practice in Austin, and he has extensive experience litigating and commenting on cases and issues involving elections law. From 2003 through 2011, Mr. Hicks has been honored as a Texas Super Lawyer. He has been a vocal critic of the Voter ID law.

Dr. Alan M. Sager will moderate the debate. Dr. Sager holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, a Ph.d. and an M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University, and a B.S. from Tufts University. He is a Lecturer in Government at the University of Texas and formerly served as Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party.

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