Texas House passes final version of voter ID bill

Published: May. 18, 2011 at 1:25 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:14 AM CST
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A bill to require Texas voters show a photo ID before casting their ballot is closer to becoming law. The bill passed through the Senate and just received House approval late Monday.

To make the bill official, all Governor Perry will need to do is sign it. He called the bill an emergency item for this session.

Supporters, mostly Republicans, say a photo ID is needed as a safeguard to prevent voter fraud.

Opponents, mostly Democrats, say the bill will make it harder for poor and minority Texans to vote.

"They're doing it like a poll tax; they're bringing past history into the present," said Olga Riojas Aguero, President of the Lubbock Tejano Democrats.

Lubbock County Republican Party Chairman Chris Winn says no.  "The number one thing to educate is that if you have not got a driver's license that there will be a photo ID, voter ID available that does allow you to present that during the election," said Winn.

If the bill is passed into law, it will be one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country. 

Copyright 2011 KCBD. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.