Perry to sign Texas voter ID bill into law

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Updated Friday, May 27 at 11:47 AM

AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to sign into law a measure that requires Texans to show photo identification before voting.

The scheduled Friday morning signing marks a victory for Republicans who have been fighting for a photo ID requirement for years.

Perry declared the bill a legislative emergency early on, creating a legislative battleground. Republicans asserted the law is necessary to prevent voter fraud.

Democrats say it'll only boost conservative voter margins by intimidating minorities and the poor.

The law would require voters to present a valid state or federal photo ID. A driver's license, personal ID card, military ID, passport or concealed handgun permit would be accepted.

Voters without IDs could cast provisional ballots but would have to show identification within six days for their votes to count.

 

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