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Wow. Texas did not waste any time. Only hours after the Supreme Court voided preclearance in the Voting Rights Act, the Texas Secretary of State imposed the new PHOTO ID law effective immediately:

Photo ID now required for voting in Texas

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State John Steen today announced that photo identification will now be required when voting in Texas elections. His announcement follows a decision Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court that cleared the way for photo ID requirements in Texas, originally passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, to take effect.

“My office is committed to making sure Texans have all the information they need to vote, including what forms of identification they need now that photo ID requirements are in effect,” said Secretary Steen.

A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.

Election identification certificates are now available only for voters who do not already have a required form of photo identification. There is no fee for the certificate. Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate can be found at You may also contact DPS by telephone at (512) 424-2600.

To review frequently asked questions and answers, visit

If this new PHOTO ID law in Texas passed two years ago doesn't prove the preclearance of new voting laws was not necessary, I'm not sure what does?

The fact that southern states are imposing new voter suppression, discriminatory laws immediately, on the same day as the court decision just shows how wrong the decision was.

Other Southern states already moving forward on Voter Suppression:

4 Effects of Voting Rights Ruling on 2014 Midterms

1. Voter ID Laws

Within hours of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Texas secretary of State announced that new voter ID photo requirements would take effect immediately. Last year, a federal court struck down this voter ID requirement law, which was covered by Section 5.

Look for other states to do the same. A federal court struck down a similar voter ID law last year in South Carolina, another previously covered state. Both Alabama and Virginia were in the process of seeking pre-clearance to implement voter identification laws under the same provision, now voided because of the court’s ruling.

North Carolina is not far behind either:

States like North Carolina are already moving forward on PHOTO ID laws without pre-clearance provision

A bill requiring voters to present one of several forms of state-issued photo ID starting in 2016 cleared the House two months ago, but it's been sitting since in the Senate Rules Committee to wait for a ruling by the justices in an Alabama case, according to Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, the committee chairman. He said a bill will now be rolled out in the Senate next week.

We must put pressure on Congress and our President to pass the necessary legislation in response to today's horrifying Supreme Court decision.

3:31 PM PT: As of today, in Texas there is a fee to get a PHOTO ID.

From the Texas Department of Public Safety web site;

Apply for an Identification (ID) Card

To apply for your first Texas ID card, you must do the following:

Gather documents that verify your identity, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status, and Texas residency.
Complete the application. (This form is also available at all driver license offices.)
Apply in person at any driver license office and bring the required documents and fees.
New Texas Residents

Individuals who hold a valid, unexpired ID card from another U.S. state, U.S. territory or foreign country, do not need to replace it with a Texas ID card until it expires. To apply for a Texas ID card, an individual must meet all of the above requirements.

U.S. Military Veterans

Some disabled veterans may qualify for a fee exemption on their driver license or ID card. More information about this service, including qualification requirements, is available on the Veteran Services page.

Fees include:
A $1 administrative fee is included in the following fee amounts. If you are completing more than one transaction at the same time in person or online, you will only be charged this fee once. The $1 administrative fee is not charged for transactions conducted through the mail.

ID type    *Fee    Information
Identification (ID) card          

Age 59 and younger: new    $16    Expires after six years (on your birthday)

Age 59 and younger: renewal    $16    Expires six years after previous expiration date

Age 60 and older: new or renewal    $6    Never expires

Replacement ID card    $11    Current expiration date does not change
Replace a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card          
Change address or name          

Limited term ID card
For temporary visitors to the U.S.    $16    Expires when period of lawful presence expires, or in one year if lawful presence period is “duration of status”

ID card for individuals registered under Chapter 62, CCP

New or renewal    $21    Expires one year after previous expiration date

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  •  If you can't win the right way (13+ / 0-)

    then you win by making sure the other voters can't vote.

    “Wall Street had been doing business with pieces of paper; and now someone asked for a dollar, and it was discovered that the dollar had been mislaid.” ― Upton Sinclair

    by gjohnsit on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:09:54 PM PDT

    •  Nationally, they will never win the "right way": (3+ / 0-)
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      Morgan Sandlin, Nica24, JerryNA

      I think that the Republicans are no a regional, permanent minority party. No great insight, lots of people say the same.

      But, I think THEY see themselves as a regional, permanent minority party that will never be able to get a national majority again. (Sure - a moderate will win the Presidency eventually, but the pattern is the same).

      Because Repubs recognize they will be a minority party, they are sharpening their skills at using power from the minority. Filibusters, Citizen's United, No vote on agency heads, no vote on judges, voter ID laws, VRA section 5 gone - - -

      All of the above are ways to project power, without having a majority of voters.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

      by 4CasandChlo on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:26:33 PM PDT

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  •  I wish we would give up the stupid ID battle (3+ / 0-)
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    Vatexia, chrississippi, smokey545

    The idea of people voting without ID is absurd.  How it came to be a core progressive position is beyond me.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:13:02 PM PDT

    •  then the government needs... (15+ / 0-)

      to provide the ids cost free to everyone. there needs to be a whole infrastructure put in place to regulate ids, voting, and elections in general. problem is that states, counties, cities and towns all have different ways they do things.

      I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

      by jbou on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:20:14 PM PDT

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      •  It really is this simple. (7+ / 0-)

        If there is any monetary cost whatsoever to voting, whether directly or indirectly (travel costs, time off work costs, documentation costs, whatever), then that cost must be absorbed by the government.

        Otherwise, the poorest segment of the population (getting larger every day!) will be constantly disenfranchised.

        THAT is why  ID-free voting is a core progressive position.

        •  Travel costs, such as driving to your neighborhood (0+ / 0-)

          polling place?

          I disagree.

          I do believe that voting ID should be free and the process as simple as possible to obtain.

          I believe that voting should be available on the weekends and evening hours. Early voting should be readily available and polling places should be as numerous as possible..

          I believe that there should be a holiday for presidential elections.

          But am I going to bill the government for my gas and time to vote. I think not.

          Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

          by Morgan Sandlin on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:41:11 PM PDT

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          •  The problem is not voter ID, per se (7+ / 0-)

            The problem is that the voter ID laws, in recent years, are inevitably perverted in ways that make it easier for likely Republicans to vote and harder for likely Democrats to vote.

            For example, why does the TX law allow concealed handgun permits as acceptable ID, but not college photo IDs?

            In other words: voter ID, as used in recent years, is code for voter disenfranchisement, not really an attempt at preventing voter fraud.

            We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

            by Samer on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:50:36 PM PDT

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          •  The timeline is as follows (3+ / 0-)
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            Texnance, Chi, BlackClouds

            for voter disenfranchisement:

            KKK terrorizing non-white voters.
            Literacy tests.
            Poll taxes (with white exemptions).
            Not enough ballots.@
            Not enough voting precincts or machines.@
            Legitimate voter purges.@
            Voter IDs which are hard and or costly to obtain.#

            @ These items are still happening today.

            # Newest iteration of the same garbage.

            The excuse for all of the modern attempts to stop people from voting are fear of illegitimate voting.  The actual verified incidence of illegitimate voting is negligible, literally a few people per year in the country, some of whom vote GOP.  The actual reason is fear of being out-voted by 'them niggers, spics, chinks, wops, n' Catlicks'.  There is no rational justification for having mandatory voter ID, because it is a non-existent problem in search of a very expensive solution.  So I would argue the whole reflex reaction against a mandatory voter ID card is justified, even if you think it may have not been the best move in the long run.  

            Note that Pennsylvania has recently passed a mandatory voter ID rule, with the state offering "free" IDs.  The single office in a county can be open as little as one day per month for about 4 hours during the middle of working business hours.  No, I am neither joking nor exaggerating.  This is voter suppression.  When talking about this specific bill behind closed doors, the GOP head of the PA legislature was taped saying his goal was to deliver the state to Mitt Romney, before the past presidential election.  Oppose voter ID?  I still do, even though I have several acceptable IDs.

      •  Actually, I believe have found they have to (0+ / 0-)

        and this can actually cost states quite a bit. But anything to try to suppress the vote ...

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

        by anastasia p on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:07:31 PM PDT

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    •  Regrettably, I agree. With hindsight, it was clear (4+ / 0-)
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      Morgan Sandlin, Rich in PA, JerryNA, Chi

      that voter ID became one of those "abortion"-level pushbacks that conservatives have put years and years of effort into. They constructed a complete legal theory around blowing up the Voting Rights Act, got judges elected in states, made the idea seem logical to the entire Republican Party, got laws passed to push the question to the Supreme Court ... They went the whole 100 yards on it.

      If we had simply got people registered and got them state-issued ID in the first place, I think a lot of the vehemence about the VRA would have been different. And, in the end, whatever the GOPers threw up wouldn't have mattered; we would have had a whole new generation of Democrats at the polls and they couldn't have done a damn thing about it.

      As it is, the Supreme Court is going to MAKE us do this registration/ID drive anyway.

      •  No, it wouldn't have changed a thing (0+ / 0-)

        Seriously, you think meekly acquiescing to their voter suppression efforts would have made the Supreme Court vote differently? Come on ...

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

        by anastasia p on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:09:26 PM PDT

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    •  Like jbou said (6+ / 0-)

      Let's see them put forth laws that ensure that every man and woman of voting age in the state has photo ID free of charge and all but free of effort.  Until then their motives are transparent, the results potentially injurious to people's rights, and the laws themselves worth using only for toilet paper.

    •  People do have to have their voter (0+ / 0-)

      certificate when is a crime to steal.

      Texas already had ID to vote but just not a PHOTO ID. Before you could use many other forms if ID if you did not have your voters certificate.

      Fighting Liberal at
      “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” --Gandhi:

      by smokey545 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:19:06 PM PDT

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    •  in theory... (0+ / 0-)


      Only if the process for obtaining photo ID is streamlined, standardized, and the costs subsidized by taxpayers.

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:06:06 PM PDT

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    •  Then you don't understand it (2+ / 0-)
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      Texnance, Chi

      one of the key motives behind voter ID laws is to bar students from voting. These states accept in-state driver licenses, concealed gun licenses, etc., but NOT student IDs, usually even when they're issued by State universities.

      Another key is keeping poor people, people who frankly have reasons to be scared of the government, and both, from getting IDs. These laws are followed with lots of scary (and false) information about having to be up to date on child support, traffic tickets, taxes, rent, Blockbuster card, etc., to get an ID.

      If it were honest, they wouldn't be doing it.

      Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Palate Press: The online wine magazine.

      by dhonig on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:46:42 PM PDT

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    •  No, it isn't "absurd" (1+ / 0-)
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      It's how we voted for decades – until the GOP came up with the idea to suppress the vote about 7 or 8 years ago. Attitudes like yours are how we lose battles, and are frankly insulting.

      There has never been any proven need for ID laws. They are obstacles plain and simple and should be illegal.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:06:54 PM PDT

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  •  I was denied a Texas Drivers Lisc since (12+ / 0-)

    my DL name did not match my Social Name. It took a long time to correct.

    It will affect people with Spanish names especially plus maiden names, etc.

    Fighting Liberal at
    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” --Gandhi:

    by smokey545 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 03:22:39 PM PDT

  •  And to think in my last comment (4+ / 0-)
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    mommyof3, Mogolori, dream weaver, JerryNA

    I was so generous as to suggest it might take months to see the legislative effect.  I didn't want to come off as over-hysterical to the person I was responding to.  Silly me.

  •  Two words: poll tax. (6+ / 0-)

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:02:44 PM PDT

  •  Amendment XXVIII (1+ / 0-)
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    SECTION 1: Every citizen of the United States, who is of legal voting age, shall have the fundamental right to vote in any public election held in the jurisdiction in which the citizen resides.

    SECTION 2: Congress shall have the power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.

    Stop the NRA and the NSA
    Repeal the Patriot Act and the 2nd Amendment

    by dream weaver on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:13:30 PM PDT

  •  We Can't Pass Laws or Amendments (0+ / 0-)

    for some years to come.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:16:35 PM PDT

  •  Except that you can't charge a fee to get a photo (2+ / 0-)
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    smokey545, Chi

    ID if it's for voting.

    That's a poll tax.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:16:40 PM PDT

  •  Another major step back to jim crow. (2+ / 0-)
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    smokey545, Texnance

    And it's going to get worse, to a point marching, singing and praying want work. I know what the right is doing and they plan to make it impossible for blacks or any minority, to reach this level ever again. They especially want to make sure there isn't another black president. That's what scared the shit out of them in the first place. The tea baggers (kluxers, nazi skin heads etc) came out of the wood works, because anything less to the teabaggers, is a violation of their civil rights

  •  Thanks for all the help with this in Texas (2+ / 0-)
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    smokey545, peptabysmal

    in the past, y'all.

    Now we're all working against this sh*t.

    Join in and help, or watch it all slip away. Texas matters!

    For ALL of us.

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 05:58:32 PM PDT

  •  5 Supreme Court justices Voter Suppression (4+ / 0-)
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    smokey545, peptabysmal, Texnance, Chi

    Anyone who doubts this a decision along the lines of Bush v. Gore –one in which the “conservatives” on the court engage in judicial activism so as to shift electoral groundwork or election results in favor of Republicans—hasn’t been paying attention.

    They are terrified of the demographic trends that promise record Latino and “minority” voting bloc within the next decade. They know that Latinos, African American and many other underprivileged groups tend to not vote for Republicans. They know the main Republican voting base is declining in numbers, as elderly voters die, and younger voters tend to vote either Democratic or Independent.

    I understand that the states in question in this decision primarily southern states. I understand that a lot of the time has elapsed, and some things have changed, between 1965 and now. But it is disingenuous for the 5 Supreme Court Justices pretend that in the past two national elections, there has not been massive voter disenfranchisement and discrimination in several states, Ohio and Florida being the two most egregious examples. The 4 Justices who dissented see the majority’s decision for what it is: bias behind the claim of: ‘history” so as to help rig the playing field in the present.      

    •  In Ohio (2+ / 0-)
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      Chi, smokey545

      where we have had voter ID laws since 2006 and not a single case of voter fraud that could have been prevented by any form of ID, our secretary of state has openly expressed a desire to make the ID laws more "onerous" (his word). We do not yet require photo ID, but it's on the GOP wish list if they can stop having hearings on abortion long enough to do it. Over in our lege, it's all abortion, all the time. They're busy packing the "budget" bill with anti-abortion provisions right now.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:13:31 PM PDT

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  •  -- Turn Texas Blue??????????????????????-- (1+ / 0-)
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    Probably the best way to do this is for everybody who wants a better Texas to hold their breath until they all turn blue. Or did SCOTUS not say this loud enough??
    I don't  know when you people will drop the idea of "using the system" to get fair and honest government. Yeah, sure, go ahead use the "laws" and "amendments" to do this --- then as soon as you get close to making a change THE OLIGARCHY CHANGES THE LAWS. Jeez ... this has been going on since Reagan and yet people in this country still think there's a "democratic republic" here. Autocratic repression, more like.
    You can't change this system by using this system. Hell, the North Vietnamese proved that principle wrong by showing they could win by defying and NOT USING the same "sure-fire win" military strategy that the US used (and still does). Duh!
    Go vote for  your champion -- provided they don't make it impossible for you to vote. Go use a law to win your cause -- until they repeal or negate that law. Yes, go on using and strengthening the system year after year, then wonder why the system can't be defeated.
    And no, I'm not saying give up. But there are other ways of fighting that the government calls treason (see Snowden vs. USA). But as a great American once said, "If this be treason, let us make the most of it!"

    Ash-sha'b yurid isqat an-nizzam!

    by fourthcornerman on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 08:00:48 PM PDT

    •  Sorry but you are wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      It's going to happen. Demographics and hard-working grassroots activists are making it happen now. Your head is in the sand right next to the Texas GOP's if you really believe what you just wrote.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:14:42 PM PDT

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