NEW ORLEANS – The Texas Attorney General’s Office today defended the state’s Voter ID law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller presented arguments on behalf of the State of Texas before an en banc panel of all circuit judges. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement:
“Safeguarding the integrity of our elections process is essential to preserving our democracy, and our common-sense law provides simple protections to ensure our elections accurately reflect the will of the voters of Texas.”
The Texas Legislature enacted Texas’ voter ID law in 2011 through Senate Bill 14 (SB14), which requires voters to present government-issued photo ID when voting at the polls. The seven acceptable forms of photo ID include the following: a Texas driver’s license, free Texas election identification card (EIC), Texas personal identification card, Texas license to carry a concealed handgun, U.S. military identification card, U.S. citizenship certificate, and U.S. passport.