The Texas Voter ID law continues to face legal challenges, including one from the U.S. Department of Justice. Meantime, it's so-far, so-good as the law is implemented across the Lone Star State. The latest successful example is the March 4thTexas primary elections. Harris County has now completed all canvassing results for the primary, and found there was a 99.9% compliance rate with the Photo ID law. The primary marked the first statewide election since the law took effect last year, and just as with last fall's municipal elections, there were no issues. "The results are the photo ID went great," says Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart.
According to the final numbers, of the 139,703 Republicans who voted in Harris County, just 25 did not have a valid photo ID at the polls. Of the 53,788 Democrats who voted, just 10 failed to present a valid photo ID. Under the law, all of those voters were still able to vote provisionally and have their vote count if they return within 6 days with a valid ID. "Out of 193,491 total voters, 35 total is very small," says Stanart. "And also, of those 35, five of them came back and provided a photo ID so their vote could count."
Stanart credits public awareness for the success of the law. "The voters have gotten the message," he says. "There's been an extensive campaign with the media, my office, the Texas Secretary of State's office, we all worked hard to get that word out." The other factor is what Stanart calls the "inherent awareness" of citizens. "People understand that to conduct business, to get anything done, you have to have a photo ID, and the result is most everyone does have a photo ID in their pocket." The next opportunity for Texas voters to get out that ID at the polls is in the May 27 primary runoff elections.