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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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.” 

Interactive Map: Texas DPS Office Locations

If preclearance for the state’s voter ID law is granted, the state has promised to issue free “election identification certificates," forms of photo ID for use only in voting. But some argue that Texas voters could have a tough time reaching the Department of Public Safety offices to get those IDs. Take a look for yourself at our interactive map of the all the open and closed DPS offices in the state.

Gilberto Hinojosa: The TT Interview

The former county judge is running to lead a political party that hasn't won a statewide election in nearly two decades. He talked with the Tribune about why he's running for chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, what would pull the Democrats out of the doldrums and what he really thinks of the Republicans. 

Rick Perry at the Republican Party of Texas, Thursday March 8, 2012
Rick Perry at the Republican Party of Texas, Thursday March 8, 2012

Video: Perry Not Interested in VP Spot

On Fox News today, Perry declared he has no interest in being second fiddle to the GOP presidential nominee. "Let me see. Texas governor versus VP? The balance on that one isn't even close," Perry said.