Voting Rights Act clears way for Texas to require picture ID


by Vicente Arenas/ KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

HOUSTON -- A Houston great grandmother, who can barely walk, plans to go to the state’s driver license office.

But 91-year-old Alicia Vara doesn’t want a license.

It’s an ID she’s after so she can vote.

Texas now requires all voters to show an official identification before casting a ballot.

Vara has always used her voter registration card.

A Supreme Court ruling involving the Voting Rights Act cleared the way for Texas to require the picture ID.

Jesse Goins, a precinct judge in Houston’s East End, is worried the law will stop some people from casting a ballot.

“People in this area are intimidated by the government. People are afraid to turn to the government and they are certainly not going to get a Texas ID to vote,” she says.

Others argue the law will help prevent voter fraud. The State’s Attorney General says there have been about an average of four voter fraud cases a year in Texas.

The law takes effect immediately.

That means Vara will soon be getting an ID.

She has not missed an election in 60 years and doesn’t plan to miss one now.