After six years and three legislative sessions of sharp debate divided along party lines, the Texas Legislature passed a law in 2011 that required voters to show a photo ID in order to vote. The House passed its version in March, 101-48. After differences between the Senate and House versions were ironed out, both chambers approved the final version, SB ...
The only identification that you have that says you are, in fact, a registered voter is the one ID you do not need when you go cast a vote. The state's photo voter ID law requires voters to carry any of seven types of identification, but a voter registration card is unnecessary.Full Story
More than a week ago, Texas Senate Democrats told Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry they wanted her office to get more mobile units on Texas streets to give voters without an acceptable photo ID a chance to get one before November's election. One week later, there's been no movement to do so, says state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.
Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, concerned over the low number of residents eligible to vote who have no photo indentification to do so have asked Secretary of State Nandita Berry to work on making mobile ID units more available between now and November.Full Story
In a trial that's expected to last two weeks, plaintiff's lawyers are arguing that Texas' voter ID law is designed to neutralize the voting power of Texas’ growing minority population. But lawyers with the AG's office say that the law is focused on stamping out fraud.Full Story
The three-year-old Texas voter ID law heads to federal court on Tuesday, where a judge will determine whether the measure requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places is unfair to minority voters.
Elections officials across the state said that voter ID was hardly an issue during the 11-day early voting period that led up to Tuesday’s primary. But opponents say the law has already disenfranchised voters.Full Story
A slight majority of Texas registered voters would support an overhaul of federal immigration law that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. And 47 percent would rather have local and state officials enforce those laws than the federal government.Full Story
Lax enforcement, lacking leadership by state election officials and faulty voter registration procedures led to the disenfranchisement of thousands of Texans in 2012, according to a report released on Monday by the Texas Civil Rights Project.Full Story
Officials say Tuesday's election proceeded smoothly despite controversy surrounding the newly implemented voter ID law, but some worry that could change in elections with increased voter turnout. Thousands of voters were required to sign affidavits under the new law.Full Story
Some recent media reports have raised concerns that the state's new voter ID law could disenfranchise people who have legally changed their names. But election officials say protocols are in place for cases in which the name on a person's ID is not identical to his or her legal name.Full Story
Much of the attention in this year's November elections has focused on Proposition 6, a water infrastructure initiative. But some are watching the mechanics of the election to find out how a newly implemented voter ID law affects voters.Full Story
The Texas DPS announced on Tuesday that 25 mobile locations will begin processing free election identification certificates on Oct. 1.Full Story
On the eve of the first statewide election in which Texans will have to show photo IDs to vote, groups representing minority voters and officeholders sued to block the state’s new voter ID law.Full Story
Texas driver’s license offices are expanding hours of operation, offering voters a weekend chance to apply for free photo ID certificates required if they don't have other acceptable forms of identitification.Full Story
Texas Republicans and Democrats are still at odds over voter ID and redistricting, but the venue has changed. During the legislative sessions, the Republicans have been on offense with the Democrats on defense. Now, in court, those tables are turned, with Democrats and the Obama administration moving aggressively against the GOP-backed measures.Full Story
The effects of requiring voter ID probably won't be evident until March or later, opponents say. Local elections in Galveston and the Rio Grande Valley might offer clues, but the true test, they say, will be in a major statewide election.Full Story
For this week's nonscientific survey of political and governmental insiders, we asked about the lieutenant governor's call to Allen Police, state and federal efforts to stop a merger, federal efforts to stop a state law, and a Texas politician's dual citizenship.Full Story
The first day of early voting this week in an Edinburg City Council election has only yielded about 400 votes but so far, voter ID hasn't appeared to cause any issues.Full Story
Texans aren’t exactly lining up to get the free voter ID certificates the Texas DPS is required to distribute under the terms of the state’s controversial voter ID law. As of late July, the department had issued just six of the documents across the state. Both sides say the small numbers are proof they were right about the new law.Full Story
Voting is not exactly hard, but it is a hassle. What if it wasn't? Suppose it could be done in a way that got everyone voting without raising serious questions about security and voter fraud. Suppose practically everyone eligible to vote in an election in Texas actually did so. Would we get the same results we get now?Full Story
The state says anyone who disagrees with election law changes ought to prove there is a problem in court. The federal government and others want the state to prove there are no problems before those laws ever take effect.Full Story