Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today that the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 gained Congressional approval, 228-196. The Federal Election Integrity Act will require everyone voting in the 2008 federal elections to present a valid photo ID before casting their ballots.

It is the duty and the right of every American citizen to vote, said Poe. However, we must be sure that the person casting the ballot is in fact an American citizen. You must present a photo ID for just about every service you receive today from cashing a check to boarding a plane, the integrity of our election process should be held to at least the same standards.

The bill also requires that by 2010, individuals voting in a federal election must present a photo ID that certifies that they are citizens. Currently to vote in elections, individuals swear under penalty of perjury that they are a citizen and have the right to vote. In 1985, it was reported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (formerly INS) that 25,000 to 40,000 illegal and legal aliens were registered to vote in violation of law.