State Showdown: Voter IDs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democrats and Republicans will slug it out this week over GOP legislation designed to tighten ID requirements for Texas voters.

The debate starts tomorrow in the Texas Senate.

The Associated Press reports the dynamics are similar to redistricting battles because the debate is expected to produce a party-line vote.

Texans already must show either a voter registration card or other identification.

AP reports that Republicans want to add the requirement of a photo or alternative forms of ID such as utility bills or banks statements.

Supporters of the legislation say it's needed to protect against organized voter fraud and to prevent non-citizens from unlawfully casting ballots.

Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota require a photo ID.