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TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
EMERGENCY CALENDAR March 23, 2011

Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification; providing criminal penalties. Read & Follow the Bill
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 Senate Bill 14 would require that every voter show photo identification before being able to cast a vote. This bill puts into practice the intent of the current law – that the person who shows up at the polls is who he or she claims to be.  Voter impersonation is a serious crime and a photo ID requirement would give Texas a tool to deter voter fraud. Texas has a legitimate interest in protecting the public's confidence in elections by deterring and detecting voter fraud. Every fraudulent vote effectively steals a legitimate vote. Elections are too important to leave unprotected and the Legislature should do everything we can to prevent fraud and protect our democracy.  

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(Travis County) March 24, 2011, 12:01 am Thumbs Down report abuse
SB14 passes to engrossment 101-48
TellMeAboutIt
(Hays County) March 23, 2011, 11:49 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
ok, so yet again they are trying to put this on the back burner. Studies, how long is that going to take? How much is that going to cost us?
TellMeAboutIt
(Hays County) March 23, 2011, 11:40 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I don't understand why this is such a big issue. Is showing you ID really that difficult? I mean come on....with the budget issues we are having and the education cuts is this really the most important issue we should be worried about?
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 9:40 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Point of Order, Rule 4 Section 32
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 9:00 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment (58) by Anchia, describes that a analysis be provided about the studies considered on the impact of Voter ID.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:56 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment 57 by Anchia is motioned to table by Harless prevails 99-48
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:51 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Harless motion to table Anchia amendment prevails 99-48
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:49 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment by Anchia (56), requires that the comptroller to certify that there won't be any reductions in the mobility fund because of the changes made in this bill. Wants the bill to be fiscally responsible.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:43 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment 55 by Veasey, discrimination at the ballot, moves to table by Rep. Harless, prevails 99-48.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:35 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Correction on Amendment 54. Respectfully authored by Alvarado, not Walle.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:35 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Alvarado amendment motion to table prevails 99-49
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:33 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment by Walle (54), requires that the secretary of state provide the demographic on who is being turned away to vote.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:31 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment 53 adopted (lucio amendment)
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:27 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Harless move to Table Castro Amendment (52) prevails 99-49
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:22 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Castro wants the penalty to be similar to someone who fraudulently votes, felony conviction. Rep. Harless respectfully moves to table because amendment was not presented in committee especially due to such a high penalty.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:16 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment by Castro (52), says that if somebody is not an election officer demands that a voter show ID, provide a penalty.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:14 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep Harless move to table Gutierrez Amendment prevails 99-47
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:12 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment by Gutierrez (51), seeks to have the secretary of stake reimburse the counties for any costs that are produced because of the change of the law.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:10 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Phillips move to table Raymond Amendment prevails 100-46
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 8:02 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment 52 by Rep. Raymond, simply allows low income voters reimbursed transportation to DPS office to get ID's.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:58 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Harless motion to table Alonzo amendment prevails 99-48
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:57 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment 50 by Alonzo introduced and Rep Harless moves to table. Rep. Alonzo says "Let My People Vote!"
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:55 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment 49 by Rep. Bonnen introduced and is acceptable to the Author.....Adopted.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:52 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment 47 by Alonzo. Rep Alonzo is not present so it is temporarily withdrawn.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:51 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep Harless Move to Table Amendment 46 by Martinez prevails 100-45
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:50 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment (46) by Rep. Martinez, allowing free Driver's license if used for voting purposes.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:47 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Anchia Amendment (45) acceptable to Harless. Amendment is Adopted with no objections.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:45 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Harless motion to Table Amendment (44) by Gallego prevails 100-49
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:35 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Amendment (44) by Gallego, argues the distance for voters to get to a DPS Drivers license office, to obtain ID, could be taxing on voters. Wants amendment to allow counties that are impacted to be excluded from Bill.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:29 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep Rodriguez Amendment moves to table prevails 96Y-50N
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:24 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Rodriguez's amendment (43) enacts same day voter registration.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:23 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Menendez amendment has been tabled 98-48.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 7:14 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Rep. Anchia withdraws amendment (41) which provides free IDs for duplicates.
LivinTheDream
(Not a Texan County) March 23, 2011, 4:39 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Valid argument about those who don't have a drivers license. Over 100,000 texans have had their license suspended. If Temp IDs are not allowed, how does one vote? Is there a motive to not allow these Texans to vote?
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 23, 2011, 2:21 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
@LeaningToTheRight, Great point! We have bigger and better things to accomplish!
LeaningToTheRight
(Brooks County) March 23, 2011, 1:44 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
I'm enjoying the debate and the points of order are really well planned out. Is this really the proper use of their time, arguing points of order while Teachers are being laid off. Come on...let's be good losers and move on.
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 23, 2011, 1:38 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
I agree with @TellMeAboutit! Let's get this show on the road, the Democrats are going to loose anyway you look at it, so let's just move on. And by the way Representative Martinez-Fischer, you were VERY rude to Representative Harless, I found it very uncalled for in the situation.
TellMeAboutIt
(Hays County) March 23, 2011, 1:31 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Why are they fighting this? Most people carry their their ID with them all the time anyway. So why are people finding this to be such a difficult issue?
TheDarkSide
(Wilson County) March 23, 2011, 1:14 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
These Points of Order seem to be not working in the Dems favor. We are on the 4th now and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Can the Dems actually win one? Not in this government body!
LivinTheDream
(Not a Texan County) March 23, 2011, 12:52 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Representative Harless makes a great defense about Provisional Ballots. The bill is about showing who you are in order to vote. It's pretty simple....you need to show ID in order to vote...if you don't have ID...you can cast your provisional vote and show your ID in 6 days. You can't even cash a check without two forms of ID.
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(Travis County) March 23, 2011, 11:56 am Thumbs Down report abuse
Point of Order by Walle.....Rule 6 Section 16 (Posting Requirements)
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 5:07 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
SB 14 has been voted out of committee and set to be heard on the floor on Wednesday morning.
TellMeAboutIt
(Hays County) March 21, 2011, 2:11 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Honestly, what is so difficult about showing proof of identification? We do it almost everyday while doing other things.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 1:44 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Point of Order by Representative Martinez is sustained. Material found to be misleading.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 1:17 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Representative Martinez raises a point of order on SB 14. Point of order raised because bill does not specify that voters can present proof of photo ID in six "business" days. Bills says 6 days.
dcase
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 1:16 pm report abuse
Looks like the Giddings "your ID was stolen" amendment is the best argument against SB14 right now. Some of these other arguments seems like Groundhog Day from last session. . .
Stevie
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 1:13 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
As I recall, we took care of mail ballot fraud a few years ago, thank you State Representative Steve Wolens. . . Rep. Anchia he was from Dallas -- where all that fraud was going on. . .
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 1:06 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Giddings is laying out Amendment 2
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(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 1:05 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Anchia withdraws his amendment and asks members to really pay attention to what the bill is about and don't just vote based on party lines.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 1:02 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
You can watch the debate by going to http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) March 21, 2011, 12:29 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Does Anchia think that an election judge is really going to issue an arrest warrant? We need stronger laws to protect against voter fraud!
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 12:24 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Representative Anchia is on the "Backmic" debating the issue of Voter Impersonation and Voter Fraud for the integrity of the elections.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 21, 2011, 12:16 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
The debate is beginning on the House Chamber floor. There is a long line at the Backmic!
Backmic Update
(Travis County) March 18, 2011, 2:35 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
EMERGENCY CALENDAR March 21, 2011
SENATE BILL SECOND READING

SB 14 by Fraser / et al. Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification; providing criminal penalties.
hope
(Travis County) February 15, 2011, 9:02 pm report abuse
What evidence is there that voter fraud is occurring in Texas? Has anyone studied and quantified it? Do we know the extent to which an actual problem exists? On the other side - what percentage of eligible voters are estimated not to have photo ID? Do we know the extent to which this bill would actually cause a problem? While I haven't followed this issue closely, I haven't heard either side back up its claims with any objective evidence. I know the absence of evidence and reliance on anecdote and ideology is SOP for passing most legislation, but man, it would be nice to see somebody set the bar a little higher.
Backmic Update
(Travis County) February 14, 2011, 1:48 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Referred to House Committee on House Select Committee on Voter ID and Fraud (2/11/11)
xlt
(Harris County) February 4, 2011, 11:03 am Thumbs Down report abuse
I don't like the bill's lack of flexibility with expiration dates on TDL's etc. Almost as if you're not the same person because your license expired. Rep. Smith's House bill...or even Rep. Riddle's would be a better fit for this new leg.
Ladybug0627
(Kaufman County) January 28, 2011, 10:24 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
There is no reason why a person should not be able to provide an ID before voting. An ID will be provided FREE if necessary and there is nothing else you can do in this country without showing and ID. Cummon, there are many excuses for not wanting to do this, but no good reason.
( County) January 28, 2011, 9:15 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Hopefully the House will remove Sen. Davis's amendment. And @Alex, you should wait until the hearing on Donna Howard's race before you start claiming "charges of voter fraud at the polls crumble when exposed to scrutiny."
LisaFay
(McLennan County) January 27, 2011, 4:00 pm report abuse
I'm wondering if Steve84 read the bill. There is a provision that you do not have to pay for the ID if you state you are obtaining it to comply with this law. There is PLENTY of voter fraud in Texas such as people casting votes as if they were other people. Under current law, I could go to my sister's house, get her electric bill and vote in her name.
Mr.Smith
(Bastrop County) January 27, 2011, 11:01 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I'm really hoping the House decides to take up the Senate version. I think it'll look like in-fighting if they come up with their own version and send it back to the Senate. After all that this issue has been through in the past 2 sessions, let's get 'er done!
xlt
(Harris County) January 26, 2011, 1:24 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Emergency issue??? Look at the budget proposals...and THIS is an EMERGENCY???
( County) January 26, 2011, 11:38 am report abuse
Senate votes SB14 out of Committee of the Whole. Vote: Ayes=20 Nays=12 Present Not Voting=0 Absent=0 .....Final vote near? Senate recess til 2:30. Going into caucus, presumably deciding whether they do Voter ID now or tonight.
( County) January 26, 2011, 7:14 am Thumbs Up report abuse
On to the House, great job Texas Senate
patriotgirl88
(Denton County) January 25, 2011, 8:09 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Some of the Democrat's arguments are strong at all. I understand that all the people of Texas are not alike and we have different economic situations, but Senator Fraser is not taking away a mail in ballot.
Alex DeHond
(Jefferson County) January 25, 2011, 7:24 am Thumbs Down report abuse
(message too long) - to all that trouble to cast a single ballot that is highly unlikely to affect the outcome of an election one way or another? It defies logic.
Alex DeHond
(Jefferson County) January 25, 2011, 7:22 am Thumbs Down report abuse
And Republicans wonder why people don't take them seriously. This proposal is brain-dead. First, charges of "voter fraud" at the polls crumble when exposed to scrutiny. It simply doesn't exist. Second, if the goal is to prevent organizations or individuals from registering fake names and then casting a ballot, that is a voter registration issue, NOT a voting issue. The facts: to register to vote, one must provide a valid address, one of a) a Driver License number, b) a Texas ID card number, or c) last four of SSN, OR certify that they have none of those things. All information is checked against DPS/Soc Security databases. If they have none of these or if any of the information doesn't match, the state sends an "incomplete notice" to the registrant and the registration is flagged on the voter rolls. If perchance, that "fraudulent" voter shows up to vote, they MUST produce evidence that they are who they say they are in order to get a ballot (see Reagan's post below). Who really believes that someone would go
NewTexan
(Hays County) January 24, 2011, 11:37 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I support Senator Fraser. I want my vote to count and if anyone can fraudulently cancel my vote....then a stronger law is needed.
steve84
(Travis County) January 24, 2011, 11:26 am Thumbs Down report abuse
@CavScout, why will I have to pay $25 every 6 years for a new ID to exercise my constitutional right to vote?
CavScout
(Williamson County) January 23, 2011, 7:57 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Anyone opposed to showing a legitimate photo ID in order to vote must have a separate agenda. I don't see anyone protesting at the airport when TSA requires a valid, government-issued photo ID to get through the security checkpoint. Regardless of socio-economic status, government-issued photo IDs are extremely easy to obtain for any citizen who is interested in voting.
reagan
(Travis County) January 22, 2011, 9:48 am report abuse
This bill is essentially the same one that Fraser filed earlier in pre-filing but for a few changes. Most importantly, SB 14 has added an exception for senior citizens (70 and over). Seniors with the right documentation won't have to show photo ID. It is probably a nod to arguments that some older people, especially Democratic leaning ones, are less likely to have the requisite IDs or ability to obtain such IDs. The core of the bill is still like pre-filed SB 178 with a "true" photo ID requirement and not the one photo ID or two non-photo IDs of Fraser's SB 362 in the 81st Legislature, And the types of photo ID are limited this time to valid DPS documents, passport, US citizenship papers, and one other. No student IDs or things like that are permissible ID under SB 14. It does have a cure provision that allows people to come back after election day and present the required ID within 6 days. Bottom line--strong proponents of photo ID should like this bill.
Pangael
(Montgomery County) January 21, 2011, 6:20 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Oh yeah, what with voter fraud so rampant in Texas. This is posturing and means nothing.
( County) January 21, 2011, 11:46 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Compliments to the Senate for taking this up early in the session. Let's hope the House does the same.
GusLechat
(Dallas County) January 21, 2011, 10:08 am Thumbs Up report abuse
Good for Gov. Perry for declaring this issue an emergency, and good for Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for getting the ball moving quickly on this important bill. Showing proof of identification when voting is a no-brainer. I look forward to the debate in the Committee of the Whole next week.
 
 
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