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Voter ID measure squashed
AUSTIN -- The U.S. Department of Justice has refused to approve Senate Bill 14, passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law in 2011 for the purpose of voter fraud prevention. SB 14 requires voters in Texas to provide certain government-issued photo identification when voting to help ensure positive identification at the polls.
As a result, current law pertaining to approved documentation required for voting, meaning a Texas Voter Registration Card, will apply in the May 12, 2012, Uniform Election and the May 29, 2012, Primary Elections.
Approved documentation in addition to, or in lieu of a voter registration card, includes at least one of the following:
•A driver license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety. You may also take a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;
•A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
•A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person’s identity;
•Your United States citizenship papers;
•Your United States passport;
•Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
•A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
For voter information, visit www.VoteTexas.gov.
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