Perry signs voter ID bill into law

Perry signs voter ID bill into law

Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Texas Gov. Rick Perry answers a question during a campaign stop Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in Houston. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White said Wednesday Republican Gov. Rick Perry was disrespecting Texas voters by refusing to debate him. White's criticism of Perry's refusal to debate him came on the deadline the governor gave the former Houston mayor to release all of his tax returns for the years he's been in public service. Perry, who is running for an unprecedented third full term, has said that unless White releases all of these financial documents, he won't square off with White in a televised debate.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Updated Friday, May 27 at 11:35 AM

AUSTIN, Texas—Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a measure that requires Texans to show photo identification before voting.

 

The governor gathered with lawmakers Friday to celebrate a victory for Republicans who have been fighting for a photo ID requirement for years.

Perry declared the bill a legislative emergency early on, creating a legislative battleground. Republicans say the law is necessary to prevent voter fraud. Democrats say it’s designed to boost conservative voter margins by intimidating minorities and the poor.

The law would require voters to present a valid state or federal photo ID. A driver’s license, personal ID card, military ID, passport or concealed handgun permit is acceptable.

Voters without IDs could cast provisional ballots but would have to show identification within six days for their votes to count.

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