Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to sign into law a measure that requires Texans to show photo identification before voting.
The scheduled Friday morning signing would mark a victory for
Republicans who have been fighting for a photo ID requirement for
Perry declared the bill a legislative emergency early on,
creating a legislative battleground. Republicans asserted the law
is necessary to prevent voter fraud. Democrats say it'll only 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 would be accepted.
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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