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Texas House gives final OK to voter ID bill


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House today gave final passage to a bill requiring residents to show photo identification before voting.

The bill now goes back to the Senate for a compromise version, then on to Gov. Rick Perry.

The legislation, as currently written, would require voters to present valid state or federal photo identification. A driver's license, personal ID card, military ID, passport or concealed handgun permit would be accepted.

Voters without an ID could get one for free from the Department of Public Safety.

Voters without ID could cast provisional ballots but would have to show ID within six days to have their votes counted.

Voters who could prove they had been victims of identify fraud would be exempt from the new rules.