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Voting made easier for concealed handgun owners in Texas

Rick Perry also goes jogging with a laser sight-equipped pistol (Photo: Rodger Mallison/AP)

In an Oct. 7 article for Bloomberg, Jonathan Alter mentions that Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry “recently signed a bill saying you can vote with a concealed-handgun permit but not with identification from the University of Texas”.

Indeed, the website of the Texas Legislature confirms that, as per Senate Bill 14 of 2011, the following serves as valid voter identification:

a license to carry a concealed handgun issued to the person by the Department of Public Safety that has not expired or that expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation

In the text of the bill, a line has been drawn through invalid voter identification such as:

birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person’s identity

Other crossed-out text includes

form of identification containing the person’s photograph that establishes the person’s identity

which has curiously been replaced with

United States military identification card that contains the person’s photograph that has not expired or that expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation

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