It has been in all the national news coverage for some time, the Texas Voter ID law that required all voters to present not only an ID, but an "approved photo ID", before they could vote has been struck down by a U.S. Fifth Circuit Federal Appeals Court.
We received a statement from our State Senator, Troy Fraser, on the subject. he said:
"I am extremely disappointed in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejection of The State of Texas' photo identification law yesterday. Voting is one of our most fundamental rights, central to American democracy. I authored this common-sense legislation in 2011 to ensure that the legitimate votes cast by Texans are not diluted by fraudulent voting practices. Voter turnout is negatively impacted if voters perceive the votingprocess to be unfair. SB14 gives election workers a tool to eliminate in-person voter fraud, restoring voter confidence in casting a ballot. This legislation is not a radical concept. I am just asking that every voter verify that "you are who you say you are" before casting his or her vote."
Another backer of that struck down legislation, Senator Charles Perry, said: "I am confident we will be able to craft legislation in compliance with the court's findings to ensure we meet constitutional requirements while protecting election integrity at the ballot box."
The end result of all of this is that, for the election in Novermber, voters will not necessarily have to have that driver license or special "approved" ID with a photo on it in order to cast their ballot.
Whether that will really make a difference in the number of ballots cast, or who those votes favor, remains to be seen.