Texas Democrats say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018

Texas Democrats say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018

Melissa Thrailkill witnessed Republicans in Texas win the messaging battle and elections for years by using immigration as a unifying issue for the party’s base.

She said it’s now time for Democrats to unify around a single issue that evokes strong emotion and turnout in midterm elections.

And in Texas that issue is voter ID.

“It’s time not to be so nice,” Thrailkill said. “The whole conversation around Voter ID and voter fraud is b.s. from Republicans and that could be a rallying point for Democrats in 2018.”

The 38-year-old Democratic Party precinct chairwoman and lawyer from Dallas said Democrats in blue areas like Dallas aren’t unified around one or two issues, and instead complain about the Trump administration or Republicans in the state capital of Austin. She said the conversation needs to change, and scaring some voters could be the spark that’s needed for Democrats to make gains next year.

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