I am all for ensuring that those who are participating in the American electoral process are indeed Americans, but this new law in Texas, and I don't care if it is bi-partisan or not, just doesn't pass the smell test. If people are going to be asked to show ID, then there should be no exemptions. The Texas law, as written, exempts people born before 1931 and people with concealed weapons licenses.
Are these two classes immune from potential voter fraud? Are they more trustworthy than other classes of Texans? And I am bothered by the coincidence that these two classes of people (particularly those born before 1931) trend heavily Republican in voting. Maybe we could bring back the Grandfather Clause, or other useful tactics from the days of old.
Again, I have no problem with the idea to show a government issued photo ID to vote. That is more than reasonable. But I do mind greatly the idea that there should be folks exempted from those rules, for whatever reason. Either we show photo ID, or we allow for ID without a photo (a bill perhaps).