Voter ID in House Committee Today

Or as the Democrats like to call it, "voter suppression"

Sen. Troy Fraser (r) with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after his voter ID bill passed the Senate last month.
Sen. Troy Fraser (r) with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after his voter ID bill passed the Senate last month. (photo by Lee Nichols)

I'm sitting in a Capitol committee room awaiting the 1:15pm start of the House Elections Committee meeting, where they'll be considering Senate Bill 362, the voter ID bill of Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay.

I'm going to assume if you're reading this that you've followed our Lege coverage enough this session to know what voter ID is; if not, read our previous coverage of one of this session's most hotly contested issues.

Already today, we've received press releases denouncing the partisan Republican push to require photo IDs from voters (in addition to their voter registration cards) from the Texas Democratic Party, the AFL-CIO, and Democrat-aligned Lone Star Project.

Come back here later; I hope to make a few blog postings. Or, if you have the time and patience, watch it yourself online (Live Stream 2). UPDATE: Actually, any updates I will deliver will likely be over on our Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/Legeland

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More 81st Legislature
The Senate Shuffle
The Senate Shuffle
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst makes surprise committee switches

Richard Whittaker, July 14, 2010

The Four Horsemen of the Deficit
The Four Horsemen of the Deficit
Examining the new House committees on state spending

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 13, 2010

More Elections
Early Voting Locations and Voter ID Info
Early Voting Locations and Voter ID Info
Find your nearest polling location and know what to bring with you

Oct. 14, 2019

Here's What's on the Nov. 5 Ballot in Austin
Here's What's on the Nov. 5 Ballot in Austin
A quick guide to the propositions you'll be yea-ing or nay-ing

Sarah Marloff, Oct. 11, 2019

More by Lee Nichols
From the Music Desk
From the Music Desk
On Willie, Billy, Stevie Ray, Blaze, and more highlights from four decades of covering Austin music

Sept. 3, 2021

Game Changer
Game Changer
A new football culture for Austin bars

Oct. 23, 2015

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Elections, 81st Legislature, voter ID

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle