From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2008
Contact: Janice McCoy
(512) 463-0124


State Senator Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, filed legislation on Monday, December 15 to increase voter confidence that only legal voters are casting a ballot in Texas.

Senate Bill 362 would require that each voter show photo identification before being able to cast a vote. "Photo ID is simply putting into practice the intent of the current law - that the person who shows up at the polls is who he or she claims to be," said Fraser. "Voter impersonation is a serious crime, but without a photo ID requirement we can never have confidence in our system of voting." Senator Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, is a co-author of SB 362.

Senate Bill 363 would require a voter applicant to prove that he or she is a United States citizen by furnishing a birth certificate or, if the person is a naturalized citizen, the city state, and year of taking the naturalization oath. "Our current laws state that only legal citizens can cast a ballot. This measure simply verifies the accuracy of the information they provide on their registration application," said Fraser

"Voting is one of our most important rights as Americans, but it is also a responsibility," said Fraser. "In no way am I trying to prevent any legal citizen from voting. Instead, I want to insure that illegal aliens, non-citizens and people otherwise not qualified do not dilute the legitimate votes cast by citizens," said Fraser.

"Each session members of the Texas Legislature pledge to uphold the Constitutions of the U.S. and of this state. I take these oaths very seriously, and I believe these measures will secure the voting rights of our citizens provided for in the Constitution and protect those rights from being diluted by allowing people to vote who under our Constitution do not have the right to participate in our elections."

Senator Fraser represents a 21-county region in the geographic center of the state. He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce. He also sits on the following standings Senate Committees: Finance, State Affairs, and International Relations and Trade.