Texas Voter ID Bill Looks Sure To Pass

Texas – Legislation requiring Texans to show a photo ID before voting cleared a major hurdle Tuesday night and appears headed for Senate passage this week.

The bill passed along partisan lines in a committee made up of all the senators and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The full Senate could take up the measure beginning Wednesday night, with a floor vote likely to come by Thursday. Republicans say the measure is needed to prevent fraud. Democrats say it's more about keeping voters their voters away from the polls.

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