Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
March 13, 2007
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Senators Ellis, Civil and Voting Rights Advocates to Hold Press Conference on Voter ID Bills

Opponents have the votes to block Senate consideration of restrictive plans

AUSTIN -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), legislators, and civil and voting rights advocates will hold a press conference on efforts to defeat the proposed restrictive Voter ID plans, on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 9:30 AM, in the Lieutenant Governor's Press Room.

During the 79th Legislative Session, Senator Ellis and Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) led efforts to defeat the voter intimidation bill, which would have made it more difficult for elderly, low-income and minority Texans from voting. Last session, SB 89 would have established some of the most restrictive voting laws in the nation. The legislation, opposed by groups ranging from AARP to the NAACP and LULAC, would have required that a voter show a voter registration card and picture identification or two forms on non-picture identification in order to vote.

WHAT:Opposition to Voter ID Bills Press Conference
WHO:Senator Rodney Ellis
WHEN:9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 14, 2007
WHERE:Lieutenant Governor's Press Room
Room 2E.9, Texas Capitol

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