Texas lawmaker: Voter ID bill rushed to passage

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Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas state lawmaker says a controversial bill requiring Texans to show photo ID at polls was rushed through the Legislature over the objections of minority lawmakers.

Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer took the stand Tuesday in Washington as a witness for the Justice Department and several other intervening groups. He also says the rationale for the legislation from its backers was constantly changing as it was debated in the Legislature. He says the bill seemed like "a solution in search of a problem."

A three-judge panel is deciding whether the Texas voter ID bill violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

Martinez-Fischer's testimony is expected to continue on Tuesday afternoon.

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