Texas previously passed a controversial voter ID law that required voters to show a photo ID before being allowed to vote. The new law revised the existing one in that it will allow certain forms of non-photo identifications that legally verifies their name and address. The move was made to avoid the legal criticisms lodged by liberals that were preparing to challenge the existing stricter law.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday signed legislation reforming his state’s controversial law requiring voters to show ID at the polls, just a week before a scheduled hearing before a skeptical federal judge.
The new measure will still require voters to show ID at the polls, but it would allow voters to show non-photo identification including a bank statement or a utility bill that includes both their name and their home address. Anyone showing a non-photo ID would have to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity.
Texas passed what voting rights advocates considered the most onerous voter identification requirement in the nation back in 2011. The initial version required voters to show one of only a handful of state-issued identifications; that list included a firearm permit, but a student identification wasn’t considered good enough to count…
A number of states tried passing voter ID laws during the reign of Barack Obama, but the liberal Justice Department challenged and overturned many of them. Since the November election, states are once again passing voter ID laws to reduce the possibility of voter fraud. Realize that Democrats have opposed voter ID laws and most of the voter fraud cases have involved Democrats but they are the ones accusing Russia of interfering with the election.