Tribpedia: Voter ID

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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 ...

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House Backs Bill Limiting Mail-In Ballot Collection

The states's lower chamber tentatively approved a measure that would make it a class A misdemeanor for a person to collect and deposit 10 or more mail-in ballots from other voters during an election. It strikes back at Democrats who in 2011 alleged there wasn’t a need for a state voter ID law because most of the fraud at the ballot box occurs on mail-in ballots.

Bill That Cuts Early-Voting Period Likely to Be Pulled

Even during a legislative session where voter ID and redistricting are not at the forefront, the politics surrounding casting a ballot prove as volatile as ever. During a House Elections Committee on Monday, a measure that would have reduced the state's required early voting days drew  heated debate on familiar issues: voter turnout and voter suppression. 

Race and Change in Voter ID Support

Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has argued that Texans of all races strongly support voter ID. While this was true as recently as early 2011, the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows that there has been a sea change. 

Updated: Supreme Court Begins Oral Arguments on Section 5

Leading up to Wednesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, lawmakers said the decision on whether to uphold Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will affect progress that propelled minorities to more equal ground in Texas. The court will decide if Congress overstepped its authority when it reauthorized the landmark civil rights legislation for 25 years.

Video: Texas Democrats Defend Section 5

At a news conference leading up to Wednesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, some Democratic lawmakers said the issue at hand — whether to uphold Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act — deals with a statute that has helped propel minorities to more equal ground in a state with a history of racial discrimination.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Polling Center: The Partisan Split on Voting Rights

Overall, Texas voters — by a slight majority — believe the federal government should continue oversight of the state's changes in election laws, according to the October 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. But partisans are split, with Republicans strongly in favor of ending the required permission of the federal government.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Texas Officials Seek End to Federal Election Oversight

Texas Weekly

The U.S. Supreme Court may determine the fate of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that became an Achilles' heel for Republican lawmakers this year. That could free Texas from federal oversight in election laws. 

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan

U.S., Mexican Leaders Say the Old PRI is Gone

The return to power of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is unlikely to be accompanied by the corruption that used to plague the party, say Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson

D.C. Court Rejects Texas' Voter ID Law

Texas Weekly

Texas’ controversial voter ID bill was rejected again, this time by a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C., that said  the bill would disenfranchise certain segments of the voting-age population. The court’s decision is the second time in less than a week that Texas has been affected under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade watches the delivery of the Capitol Christmas trees at the south steps on November 28, 2011.
Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade watches the delivery of the Capitol Christmas trees at the south steps on November 28, 2011.

A New Fight to SAVE Texas' Elections is Brewing

Texas Weekly

Texas officials want access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database, which the secretary of state’s office said could be “one of many important resources for confirming voter eligibility.”