Legislation that would for the first time require Texans to show a photo ID to vote was approved by a House committee on Monday and sent to the full House, where it is expected to easily pass.
The voter ID bill, which already has been approved by the Senate, was approved by the House Select Committee on Voter Identification and Voter Fraud on a 5-2 vote, with Democrats Marc Veasey of Fort Worth and Scott Hochberg of Houston casting the no votes.
Democrats have been critical of the measure, saying it is unnecessary because there have been few cases of voter impersonation in the state. They contend it will discourage voting by senior citizens, the poor and minority groups — many of whom lack a drivers license.
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