Texas House OKs Bill Requiring Voters To Show ID

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has approved a bill requiring residents to show photo identification before voting.

The move came despite complaints from Democrats who say it's designed to erect hurdles for poor and minority voters who are less likely to have state-issued identification cards. The legislation cleared the House 101-48 Wednesday night after more than 11 hours of debate in which Democrats repeatedly tried to derail it.

The measure has sparked anger and partisan bickering ever since Republican Gov. Rick Perry put it on the fast track in January. GOP lawmakers say it's necessary to prevent voter fraud. The bill faces a final, perfunctory hurdle in the House. A similar bill passed the Senate, but it faces another vote in that chamber.