Texas Senate Passes Voter ID Legislation

The Texas Voter ID bill has passed the Senate.

It requires residents to present a photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot.

The legislation passed down party lines. Only two amendments were accepted: an exemption for certain disabled people and those age 70 and over, and a provision allowing concealed weapons permits to be a valid form of identification.

Republicans say tougher laws are need to prevent fraud.

Democrats say the effort is designed to boost GOP margins by keeping Democratic-leaning voters away from the polls.