AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton praised Chairman Phil King for his efforts in preserving Texas’ Voter ID law. On February 21, Senator Joan Huffman filed Senate Bill 5, which would provide for a declaration for voters who do not have and cannot reasonably obtain acceptable photo identification. On Feb. 27, Chairman King filed the House of Representatives’ companion to SB 5, House Bill 2481.
“Election integrity is one of the most important functions of government, and Voter ID is an integral part of maintaining that integrity,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The updates to Voter ID that Chairman King proposes will make the changes necessary to comply with the 5th Circuit ruling while ensuring the integrity of the voting process. Chairman King’s leadership is critical to Texas’ ability to use its Voter ID law in the future.”
House Bill 2481, if passed, will make the following changes to the Voter ID statute:
In the pending lawsuit challenging Texas’ Voter ID law, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today also voluntarily dismissed its claim that the Texas law contained a discriminatory purpose. DOJ acknowledged the proposed legislation is a “significant development” that complies with the Fifth Circuit’s controlling instructions.
The bill is to be joint-authored by Chairs Geren, Laubenberg, Parker and Representative Sanford.
To view the bill, go to https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/HB_2481_King_Phil_(Voter_ID)_(002).pdf?cachebuster:75.