When arguing against the popular Voter ID measure, State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) spoke emotionally about how the law would disenfranchise his mother because she couldn’t get a photo identification. Now he is admitting he lied.

A document released this week by the Office of the Attorney General lays out facts about the Voter ID debate. The legislation — passed in 2011 — has been challenged by the Obama Administration.

While popular with Hispanics, ballot-box protection measures are mostly opposed by liberal politicians. (Voter ID is also strongly supported by rank-and-file Democratic voters.)

Mr. Fischer falsely claimed on the House floor and elsewhere that his mother didn’t have a driver’s license, and would be unable to get a photo ID due to health reasons. Turns out that not only did his mom have a driver’s license, but she renewed it shortly after the legislative session!

Lied about his mom in trying to defeat Voter ID.

That the San Antonio Democrat would stoop to lying about his mother is sad, but not unexpected given that he was trying to stop legislation protecting the ballot box.

Mr. Fischer and his fellow-fraud defenders like to claim there aren’t any violations at the ballot box.

AG Greg Abbott is fighting back. According to a release from his office today, “In May, 2012, votes were cast by more than 200 individuals that state records indicate are deceased.”

That’s not all: “More than 50,000 deceased voters are currently registered to vote in the State of Texas.

But Mr. Fischer would rather lie about his mother, making spurious claims about disenfranchisement, instead of addressing very real voter fraud issues. One can only wonder why…

A poll by the University of Texas shows that 70% of Hispanics support Voter ID laws, while 57% of Democratic voters support such measures. So, again, why would Hispanic Democratic officeholders go to such lengths to oppose greater security at the ballot box?

70% of Hispanics support Voter ID.

57% of Democrats support Voter ID.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."