After more than 11 hours of debate, the House voted on a voter ID measure at 11:07 p.m. The bill passed 101 to 48.
State Rep. Jose Aliseda, R-Beeville, was a strong proponent of the bill all day. He repeatedly noted that Mexico requires voters present a government ID that features biometric data before casting a ballot.
"I’ve had many people tell me that they don’t believe their vote will count because of the fraud that exists in South Texas," Aliseda said in closing remarks while surrounded by Republicans backing the measure.
Aliseda's remarks were followed by a speech from state Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, surrounded by a smaller group of Democrats. Veasey compared the bill to what Texas lawmakers did to discriminate against minorities 50 and 100 years ago.
"I think it's horrible." Veasey said. “I think it discriminates against people. I think we'll look back in shame."
Members of the House and Senate will now need to work out the differences between the versions passed by the two chambers.