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    Texas House passes voter ID bill

    By Aman Batheja
    Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011

    AUSTIN -- After more than 11 hours of debate, the Texas House voted 101-48 late Wednesday for a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, increasing the likelihood that the measure will take effect in time for the 2012 elections.

    House Republicans achieved a long-sought political goal by passing the bill. Now they will have to iron out differences with the version the Senate passed in January. Gov. Rick Perry had declared that the bill was one of a handful of emergency items. Republicans say their constituents demand the change to ensure election integrity.

    "I have Democrats, Republicans and independents in my district who think people ought to show ID before being allowed to vote," said Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton.

    All votes against the bill were by Democrats. They said the measure would disenfranchise poor and minority voters and is targeting a problem -- in-person voter fraud -- that doesn't exist. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, said the bill would effectively return Texas to the days of Jim Crow.

    "I think it's horrible," Veasey said. "I think it discriminates against people. I think we'll look back in shame."

    Several kinds of government-issued photo identification would be accepted, including a driver's license, a U.S. military ID card and a U.S. passport. The cost of the bill was a point of contention, as the Department of Public Safety would be required to waive fees for issuing photo IDs to those who say they are getting them to vote.

    Rep. Jose Aliseda, R-Beeville, was a strong proponent of the bill all day. He repeatedly noted that Mexico requires voters to present a government ID that features biometric data.

    "I've had many people tell me that they don't believe their vote will count because of the fraud that exists in South Texas," Aliseda said.

    Early in the day, Democrats spent more than two hours trying for a repeat of Monday's proceedings, in which they successfully used a parliamentary maneuver called a point of order to force the bill back to committee and further delay the vote.

    "Point of order is respectfully overruled," House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, had said several times by Wednesday afternoon.

    Democrats repeatedly pressed Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, on the bill's particulars, especially how voters without photo ID would be able to cast a provisional ballot and have it count if they presented a valid ID to local officials within six days.

    "You've asked that about three times. We've answered it three times," Harless told Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas. "What do you want me to say differently?"

    By 3 p.m., Democrats acknowledged that they were out of parliamentary options and would have to accept a vote. First came several hours of debate on more than 60 amendments. Many tried to add other kinds of identification to the list. In nearly every case, the Republican majority effectively decided whether the amendment passed.

    A key amendment for Democrats came from Veasey to allow voters without valid identification to sign an affidavit swearing to their identity and making fraudulent voters liable for a second-degree felony.

    The House rejected it.

    Some debates delved into cases of certain groups of voters who Democrats said would be disenfranchised. Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, proposed creating an exemption to the photo ID requirement for recent victims of identity theft if they bring a copy of their police report to the polls.

    The House agreed to that but rejected efforts to allow exemptions for situations when the election judge knows the voter personally or someone has been issued a temporary driver's license.

    Bonnen successfully amended the bill to remove an exemption from the ID requirement for voters 70 and older.

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    Re: Texas House passes voter ID bill

    [quote="Dixie"]By Aman Batheja
    Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011

    AUSTIN -- After more than 11 hours of debate, the Texas House voted 101-48 late Wednesday for a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, increasing the likelihood that the measure will take effect in time for the 2012 elections.

    Now if only the other 50 states would be wise enough to pass the same bill, our Country would turn around in a heartbeat because all of the crooked politicians would be TOAST!
    <div>"Diversified"*does NOT*mean invading*our Country and forcing their culture and language,**stealing jobs,*using fake ID',s, living on government benefits, and flying their flag over ours! </div>

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    Voter ID gets OK in late-night House vote

    By Tim Eaton | Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 10:40 PM

    Democrats in the usually congenial Texas House gave heated speeches Wednesday — sometimes with raised voices — against the Republicans’ voter ID bill, which they said discriminates against minorities. But after a long day of debate, Democrats just didn’t have the votes to significantly change or derail the measure.

    The bill passed 101 to 48. The Senate passed its version earlier in the legislative session. Both chambers were tasked by Gov. Rick Perry with making voter ID legislation a priority.

    The measure would require Texans to show a valid photo ID — such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card, a military ID or a passport — to vote. The measure in the House is more stringent than the Senate version, which passed in January.

    Speaking against the bill, Rep. Rafael AnchÃ*a, D-Dallas, said there is “intentional disenfranchising of African Americans and Latinos

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    Common sense alert! Good for Texas!

    Recall when we use to have to show ID to vote in CA. Seems like a no-brainer.

    The exclusion for the elderly who may not have ID anymore, such as a driver's license, is a good idea imo.

    We have to show ID for so many other things, such as getting on an airplane, etc. The integrity of our voting system should be held to the highest tightest standards. This country once had that and with other states addressing this issue hopefully we will get back to that. Not holding my breath on CA tho.
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    other times you have to show ID:

    buying a plane ticket at the airport
    getting money back from a bank teller
    when you get stopped by a peace officer
    when you write a Check
    sometimes when you use a credit card
    when you buy alcohol

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    Great news! Adding to homepage and sending to NC Reps that are considering similar legislation...

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    Texas House Speaker Joe Straus Passes New Voter ID Law with Help from Hispanic Caucus.

    * By Bob Price

    Under the leadership of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, the Texas Legislature has passed a new Voter ID Bill in both houses. After a long week of delays from House Democrats including over 70 amendments today attempting to slow down the bill, the House voted 101-48 to pass the bill.

    This legislation has been demanded by the voters of Texas for several years but has been blocked repeatedly by Democrats. In 2007 the House passed a Voter ID bill but the Senate could not. In 2009 the Senate passed a bill but the House could not because of Democrat stalling tactics. Now, with the support of the 30 member Republican Hispanic Caucus and leadership from the LNRC TX, (Latino National Republican Coalition of Texas) it is passed.

    The bill now goes to Texas Governor Rick Perry where it will most likely be signed into law. Because the bill was passed with a 2/3rd majority, it will become the law of Texas immediately.

    Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-NW Harris County) told me tonight, "This was a fascinating process. We debated 11 hours and saw a lot of ammendments. But more surprisingly were some comments from Democrat legislators, people who are supposed to be our friends and collegues, who came to the mike and called us racists for wanting to begin the process of securing our voting process." Fletcher continued, "Things changed a little bit when some of the Hispanic Republican Legislators stepped to the mike and spoke of things they had witnessed in Democrat precincts in the past."

    This bill certainly is not a be all and end all when it comes to voter fraud and its prevention, but it is a good first step. Now, let's do something about mail in ballot fraud and removing dead people and people who have moved out of the county from voter rolls.

    Elections mean things and this bill is proof that a Conservative Legislature can get things done. Good Job!

    http://texasgopvote.com/2011-legislativ ... us-0026725

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    Now, with the support of the 30 member Republican Hispanic Caucus and leadership from the LNRC TX, (Latino National Republican Coalition of Texas) it is passed.
    The statement from LNRC:

    Statement on Texas Voter ID

    * By Eric Garza

    The Latino National Republican Coalition of Texas (LNRC) affirms its support of Texas Voter ID legislation. We understand the need for election reform that will improve our election process by deterring fraud and allowing fair and efficient elections in our state.

    As Hispanics we understand what Voter ID aims to accomplish and are encouraged that action is being taken to restore trust in our most vital institution of government. Knowing that we can ensure that every Texas voter has proper identification, we can finally solidify our election process.

    Senate Bill 14 ensures that every Texan has access to a free valid photo ID for voting purposes. We believe this is important in eliminating the concern that this burdens individuals with any cost regarding voting. Every citizen is entitled to a vote and voter ID serves a greater public interest in protecting the integrity of our election process.

    We reject the notion that this legislation in any way targets Hispanic families or disenfranchises other Texans alike. In upholding the constitutionality of a similar voter ID law in Indiana, the U.S. Supreme Court has also rejected the premise that such legislation results in an unconstitutional burden on minorities. Voter identification has been implemented in other parts of the country with success and has contributed to increased voter participation, as is the case in Puerto Rico, a wholly Hispanic U.S. Territory. Many Latin American countries such as Mexico also rely on strong voter identification laws to protect the integrity of their electoral processes.

    We espouse the same problem-solving attitude in Texas that ensures free and fair elections, and promotes voter participation.

    http://www.texasgopvote.com/2011-legisl ... -id-002665

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    At least eight U.S. states have strict photo ID requirements, according to a late 2010 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03 ... -photo-id/

    Does anyone have a list of these 8 states?

    After Republicans picked up strength in the 2010 elections, photo ID bills are working their way through various state legislatures this year, including in Arkansas, Kansas and North Carolina. GOP sponsors say the Texas legislation is modeled after similar laws in Georgia and Indiana.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03 ... -photo-id/
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