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6:36 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Texas House Approves Voter ID Bill

Texas – The Texas House today gave final passage to a bill requiring residents to show photo identification before voting.

The bill now goes back to the Senate for a compromise version, then on to Gov. Rick Perry.

-- The legislation, as currently written, would require voters to present valid state or federal photo identification. A driver's license, personal ID card, military ID, passport or concealed handgun permit would be accepted.

-- Voters without an ID could get one for free from the Department of Public Safety.

-- Voters without ID could cast provisional ballots but would have to show ID within six days to have their votes counted.

-- Voters who could prove they had been victims of identify fraud would be exempt from the new rules.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.