Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
January 25, 2011
Contact: Sam Carlson

State Senator Craig Estes Files Voter ID Legislation

Austin — State Senator Estes (R – Wichita Falls) joined with his Republican colleagues as a coauthor of Senate Bill 178 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 178 would require all voters to present a photo identification such as a drivers license or military identification card.

"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.