Voter ID bill passes Texas Senate

POSTED: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

AUSTIN, Texas -- Expect new laws at polling locations this election. That's if the Texas House of Representatives passes a bill that aims to cut down on voter fraud by requiring voters to show a photo ID.

Rep. Marva Beck, R-District 57, is hoping it passes the House swiftly saying we are subject to a lot of voter fraud.

"People want to know that their vote counts, and your vote cannot count if there's fraud involved in it," said Rep. Beck said.

Senator Fraser, R- Horseshoe Bay, wrote the bill saying without a voter showing an ID, how can you ever know it's really them?

If the bill passes the House, voters will have to show a picture ID like a drivers license or a concealed handgun license before you can cast your ballot. Military IDs, passports or a U.S. citizenship certificate with a photo on it all work, too.nat sound

Election officials say anything to cut back on voter fraud is good as long as people without picture IDs can get them at no cost, but they do worry about funding if they end up having to print IDs for voters.

"Every time the Legislature meets, election laws get changed, but again, as an election office, we're always concerned, where's the funding going to come from for these changes," said McLennan Co. Elections Administrator, Kathy Van Wolfe.

Election administrators say they aren't sure how the new bill will address mail voters or limited ballot voters, but Rep. Beck says she hopes to address that when the bill comes up in the House.


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