TribBlog: Senate Approves Voter ID Bill

The Texas Senate approved the controversial voter identification bill Wednesday night, as expected.

It took just about six hours of debate Wednesday to get the bill passed. As ever, the 19-11 vote was split on party lines, with Republicans voting for and Democrats against.

The measure would require voters to present photo identification — like a driver's license or a concealed-handgun license (this is Texas) — at the polls in order to cast a ballot. Right now, Texans only have to show their voter registration card. Gov. Rick Perry declared the item an emergency issue, and the House, which is also ...

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