http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/18/2715054/republicans-confident-of-passing.html House Elections Committee Chairman Todd Smith of Euless, who was at the center of a partisan brawl over voter ID during the 2009 Legislature, has introduced legislation that would require voters to show a photo ID to cast ballots. HB401, modeled after a Georgia law, would also authorize creation of a voter identification card, which would be among the approved ID forms. Other acceptable IDs would be a driver's license; passport; concealed handgun license; military identification card; student ID with a photo; U.S. citizenship certificate; and state, federal or tribal ID cards with photos. That's not the whole article, just a blurp, but I really like this bill. To me, as a voter, it protects me and my right to cast my vote. It makes it where no one else can just walk in and claim to be me. It makes it where I don't have to worry that when I show up at the polls that I will be informed that "I" have already voted so tough nuggets. I really hope this passes. I've heard some make noise that this isn't fair. That there are tons of voters who are incapable of having any form of ID. I find that illogical in this day and age. Even those who do not drive can get an ID card in this state. And even discounting those "normal" ones ... ones that are required to have a checking account, to cash a check, to have a job, to do just about anything.... completely discounting that there are MANY other forms that are acceptable... including, in this bill, a voter ID card... that ANY voter can get. So, IMO the arguments about this interfering with voter rights is just a bunch of bologna... but that's me... I do NOT believe that this is remotely similar to the old laws requiring proof of land ownership, and at a time when only certain folks were allowed to own land... thus a good number were excluded from the right... that stuff was blatant crap... I do not believe that this is even remotely the same thing because ANY citizen can get these acceptable types of ID.... THAT, to me, is what makes this different from those old laws. In this, IMO, it is the real, honest voter who is protected... not to mention the electoral process itself... But, I'm interested... what do you guys think?