Tribpedia: Voter ID

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,  ...

Trump administration confirms plans to drop key claim against Texas Voter ID

During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.
During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.

The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Monday it plans to ditch its longstanding position that Texas lawmakers purposefully discriminated against minority voters by passing the nation’s strictest voter identification law in 2011.

A sign describing Texas' new voter ID law is displayed at Fiesta Mart in Austin on Election Day 2013.
A sign describing Texas' new voter ID law is displayed at Fiesta Mart in Austin on Election Day 2013.

Texas Republicans pitch new voter ID law

Top Texas Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday that would overhaul the state’s voter identification rules, an effort to comply with court rulings that have found the current law discriminates against minority groups.

Voters line up outside Harrington Library in Plano, Texas, on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.
Voters line up outside Harrington Library in Plano, Texas, on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.

Trump's anti-voter fraud crusade revives issue in Texas

Following President Donald Trump's latest unsubstantiated claim that voter fraud cost him the popular vote, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said "voter fraud is real" in an interview on Fox News Wednesday morning.

A sign describing Texas' new voter ID law is displayed at Fiesta Mart in Austin on Election Day 2013.
A sign describing Texas' new voter ID law is displayed at Fiesta Mart in Austin on Election Day 2013.

Supreme Court rejects Texas voter ID appeal — for now

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up Texas’ effort salvage its strict voter identification law, handing at least a temporary victory to civil rights advocates who have successfully argued that the law discriminates against minorities.

During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.
During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.

Both in court and under Trump, Texas Voter ID law faces uncertain future

Whom President-elect Donald Trump appoints to a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat and how his Justice Department will differ from President Obama's could determine whether Texas' 2011 Voter ID law survives.

During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.
During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.

After early voting glitches, officials hope new voter ID rules clear

As a busy Election Day looms, election officials and civil rights advocates hope Texas has ironed out most wrinkles in complying with a federal court order to fix its voter ID law. 

Voters line up outside Harrington Library in Plano, Texas, on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.
Voters line up outside Harrington Library in Plano, Texas, on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.

Texas civil rights advocates air concerns about voter ID issues

There are scattered reports of outdated signs and poll workers providing inaccurate information as Texas holds its first general election since federal courts found the state's voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act. 

 

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Texas Appeals Voter ID Rulings to U.S. Supreme Court

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked the justices to hear his arguments about why the state’s photo ID requirements for voting do not discriminate against Hispanics and African-American voters. 

 

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Judge Orders Texas to Rewrite Voter ID Education Materials

Texas must issue new press releases and other materials in its voter education campaign. That comes after the federal government and other plaintiffs accused state officials of misleading voters about identification requirements.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a voter ID law in 2011 that required individuals to present a state-issued photo ID at the polls. But the majority of voter fraud convictions in the state involve mail-in ballots.

 

Texas: The Real Voter Fraud (Video)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a voter ID law in 2011 that required individuals to present a state-issued photo ID at the polls. But the majority of voter fraud convictions in the state involve mail-in ballots.

 

Texas agrees to soften its voter ID law for the November elections, the state’s new campus carry gun law quietly takes effect and state officials give the ‘O.K.’ for Medicaid to pay for mosquito repellant to help combat the spread of Zika.
Texas agrees to soften its voter ID law for the November elections, the state’s new campus carry gun law quietly takes effect and state officials give the ‘O.K.’ for Medicaid to pay for mosquito repellant to help combat the spread of Zika.

Campus Carry, Zika, Voter ID Dominate the Week's Headlines (Video)

In the Roundup: Texas agrees to soften its voter ID law for the November elections, the state’s new campus carry gun law quietly takes effect and state officials give the O.K. for Medicaid to pay for mosquito repellant to help combat the spread of Zika.