Texas Voter ID Law Gets First Statewide Test

AUSTIN (November 2, 2013) The Texas Voter ID law is getting its first statewide test in the constitutional amendment election that concludes Tuesday, and thousands of voters have discovered that their photo IDs don't exactly match their voter registration cards.

Whenever there is a mismatch an election judge must decide if the information is "substantially similar" in order to let the person vote.

Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show more than 5 percent of voters potentially do not have valid IDs to vote, and these people live disproportionately in counties with high poverty rates or a large percentage of minorities.

Texas Secretary of State spokeswoman Alicia Pierce said there have been no reports of problems, but civil rights groups say they are worried about voters with complex names and are monitoring the voting to detect any widespread problems.

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