from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
December 16, 2008
Contact: Jody Withers

State Senator Estes Files Legislation to Require Voter Identification

Austin - State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) filed Senate Bill 362 to require registered voters to present valid photo identification when casting a ballot in Texas.

"This measure is intended to protect the integrity of our elections, and to protect the rights of registered voters by insuring that every vote cast is a legal vote," said Estes.

Texas law already provides for requiring photo identification if a registered voter does not provide their voter registration card, but is listed on the list of registered voters.

Senate Bill 362 would require all voters to present a photo identification such as a drivers license or military identification card.

If a voter does not have a valid photo identification, then presenting two forms of alternate identification such as a current utility bill or other documents provided by a governmental entity with the voter's name and current address would be accepted.

Senate Bill 362 also provides that voters without a valid photo identification may obtain without charge a state issued personal identification card for the purpose of presenting proof of identification.

"The public must have confidence that those serving in office at the local, state, and federal level are there by virtue of a legitimate democratic process," added Estes.