The Implementation Of Senate Bill 14

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Your question concerns the implementation of Senate Bill 14, which added new voter identification requirements for in-person voting statewide. Prior to June 26, 2013; Texas and a number of other states and political subdivisions could not alter their voting requirements without preclearance from either the U.S. Attorney General or a three-judge panel sitting for the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. Following the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, states beholden to the preclearance requirement were released, subject to an amendment to the coverage formula in § 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While you understand that Texas now has equal ability to alter its election procedures as states never covered by § 4(b), you desire to do so in a way that would not again bring the Texas legislature’s exercise of authority under the scrutiny of Congress or the Constitution. Senate Bill 14 amended, most significantly, Sec. 63.0101 of the Election Code—the Documentation of Proof of Identification section. Texas voters could previously show their (1) voter certificate, (2) any ID issued by a government agency in any state, whether or not the ID was expired, (3) any photo ID that established identity, (4) birth certificate or equivalent document, (5) U.S. citizenship papers, (6) U.S passport, (7) official mail from a government entity, or (8) current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document. S.B. 14…
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