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November 5, 2013

Local fire district annexations pass

But voters in one proposed annexation area split on accepting existing debt

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"I was a little iffy but I went for it" despite the price tag, she said.

All voters were asked to present one of seven forms of photo identification — such as a driver's license, a passport or a military ID — to cast ballots.

Democrats and civil rights groups have sued to block the law passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature in 2011, but the case is still pending. Cases of in-person voter fraud are rare, and critics of voter ID legislation say the laws aim to disenfranchise voters who tend to back Democrats.

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running to replace Perry in 2014, said critics had "run out of claims" about alleged hardships the mandate would create.

"I haven't ever seen anything that was overhyped as much as some partisan efforts to overhype concerns about this when, in reality, there has been no problems whatsoever," said Abbott, who defended the voter ID law in court.

Juan Quiroz, 66, said a poll worker in the Rio Grande Valley city of San Juan caught a discrepancy between the name on his driver's license and the one on the voter rolls. He said resolving the ID issue wasn't much of a hassle.

"I've always voted and never had any problem, but they're really looking at the ID name," Quiroz said.

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