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AUSTIN (AP) -The Texas Democratic Party is demanding an apology from Republican state Rep. Betty Brown, of Terrell, for suggesting Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are "easier for Americans to deal with."

The Houston Chronicle reports Brown made the comments Tuesday night as the House Elections Committee discussed voter identification legislation.

Brown spokesman Jordan Berry said Brown was not making a racially motivated comment but was trying to resolve an identification problem.

The comments came after a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans, told the committee that people of Asian descent often have problems voting and with forms of identification because of differences in their legal transliterated name and a common English name used on their driver's license.

Democratic Chairman Boyd Richie said Republicans are trying to suppress votes with a partisan identification bill and said Brown "is adding insult to injury with her disrespectful comments."

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