Eleven Democratic Texas senators signed a letter to block voter picture ID bill-effectively killing the bill.At approximately 4:47 p.m. the Texas House having knowledge of the move by the Texas senators passed HB 1706 by Mary Denny.
The final vote was 78 Ayes to 67 Nayes.The bill would require photo id or two aleternatives in combination with a voter registration card in order to vote. Democrats complain that the bill creates undue obstacles to voting for the elderly and students, among others. They also argue that this is part of a nationwide Republican effort to disenfranchise voters.
Senate Democrats rendered the hours of House debate moot by signing a letter indicating that they will not vote to suspend the rules in order to bring up the bill. Senate requires 2/3s of the 31 members to vote to suspend before a bill can be heard.