While American soldiers are fighting overseas to ensure free and fair elections in foreign countries, Texans have a right to demand that elections right here in Texas are just as fair. Iraq requires a photo ID to vote. So does Mexico. At the heart of way of life is our democracy, and central to its success is a fair election process. The photo ID requirement protects the integrity of our ballot and increases voter turnout by giving Texans more confidence that their vote will count. We have passed a photo ID requirement to vote – with free IDs for those who can’t afford them – in order to ensure the integrity of our elections.