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,  ...

Five Years Later, Challenge to Voter ID Law Still Moving Forward

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans.

In the latest step in a lawsuit that may end up at the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas’ five-year-old voter identification law will face a fresh round of probing in New Orleans Tuesday. Critics charge that the law is a veiled attempt to cut into the electoral strength of the state’s growing minority population.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.

Abbott Dismisses Obama Criticism of Texas Voter Turnout Efforts

"The fact is that voter fraud is rampant," Abbott said in response to President Barack Obama's suggestion last week that Texas leaders are uninterested in improving voter turnout.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers is shown in his office in 2013.
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers is shown in his office in 2013.

Criminal Appeals Court Judge Sues State Over Voter ID Law

While a federal judge in Corpus Christi mulls whether the state's requirement to show photo ID to cast a ballot violates the Voting Rights Act, a judge on the highest criminal appeals court in Texas has sued the state over its voter ID law.

 

This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.
This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.

Federal Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Texas Voter ID Trial

Texas' voter ID law was designed to thwart emerging minority voting power in the state and should be dropped, attorneys for the law's opponents said during closing arguments in a federal court on Monday. 

This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.
This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.

Senator: State Not Moving to Make Voter IDs Available

Texas Senate Democrats say their request for more mobile units on Texas streets to give voters without an acceptable photo ID a chance to get one before November's election have been virtually ignored. 

 

This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.
This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.

Democratic Lawmakers Ask For More Mobile Voter ID Units

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.