On Monday, the Texas house Election committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would make it a crime to lie on a voter ID exemption form. Voting in Texas has not always been easy depending on who you ask. Some people say the process for casting a ballot is too restrictive. While others say it’s too easy for people to vote illegally. Right now Texas requires voters to carry one of seven forms of identification to vote, but with one exception.
If you don’t have an ID on you, you can sign an affidavit at the polls saying you are legally allowed to vote in the state of Texas. But as it stands now, there’s no legal penalty for lying on the form.
House Bill 2481 would change that by making lying on the form illegal as a way to deter voter fraud.