This PPP details information on the Texas Voter ID.
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- What you need to know. Statutory Authority The Texas Election Code 63.001(b) requires a photo ID in order to vote in Texas
- Requirements Voter ID requires all voters to present one of the following forms of photo identification in order to be eligible to vote. Driver’s license; Election identification certificate; Personal identification card; Concealed handgun license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS); U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph; or U.S. passport. With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, all of the forms of identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
- Procedures for Voting When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID. Election officials will now be required by State law to determine whether the voter’s name on the identification provided matches the name on the official list of registered voters (“OLRV”). After a voter presents their ID, the election worker will compare it to the OLRV. If the name on the ID matches the name on the list of registered voters, the voter will follow the regular procedures for voting.
- Procedures for Voting If the name does not match exactly but is “substantially similar” to the name on the OLRV, the voter will be permitted to vote as long as the voter signs an affidavit stating that the voter is the same person on the list of registered voters. If the name on your photo ID does not match the name on your voter registration card, update your name through the Texas Secretary of State’s office. If a voter does not have proper identification, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally.
- Exceptions Disabilities: Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for an exemption. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption. Applicants must provide written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she has been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid form of photo identification. Contact your voter registrar for more details.
- Exceptions Religious objection or natural disaster Other exemptions include voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor. These voters may cast a provisional ballot at the polls and, must sign an affidavit attesting to those facts in the presence of the county voter registrar within six days of the election date.
- Exceptions Provisional Ballots Voters who show up at the their polling place and discover they do not have a valid form of photo identification will be able to cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot, however, will not count unless the voter takes additional action after Election Day to prove they have the proper photo identification. These voters have up to six days after the election to present to the county voter registrar appropriate photo identification, in order for their vote to count.
- Exceptions Election Identification Certificate If you, or a family member do not have one of the forms of photo identification listed above, there is a free option available. The change in law creates a new form of photo identification called an election identification certificate that the TX DPS will issue. Registered voters, or those eligible to register, who do not have a required form of photo identification may apply for the election identification certificate at any DPS driver’s license office. There is no fee for the certificate.
- Election Identification Certificate (EIC) Texans now have three convenient ways to obtain an EIC: By visiting ANY driver license office during regular business hours; By visiting one of nearly 50 driver license offices that are now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through November 2nd, specifically to issue EICs only; And now, by visiting one of these EIC mobile stations, which will make it even more convenient for eligible Texas voters to obtain an EIC closer to home. All applicants for an EIC will need to present proof of citizenship and identity.
- EIC Mobile Station The Secretary of State (SOS) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will offer Election Identification Certificates (EIC) at 25 EIC mobile stations that will begin deploying across the state on October 1. The locations of the EIC mobile stations, which will issue EICs only, will be available on www.VoteTexas.gov. List of DPS locations open on Saturday.
- Links Remind your friends and family to vote by sending them a text here. Register to vote. Learn more. More information on EIC can be found at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm Notice of Acceptable Identification Poster (English) http://votetexas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/poster-8.5x14aw.pdf SOS Press Release EIC http://www.sos.state.tx.us/about/newsreleases/2013/092413.shtml
- Sources Statutory Authority The Texas Election Code 63.001(b) requires a photo ID in order to vote in Texas. http://www.votetexas.go v/ http://www.sos.state.tx. us/index.html
- Voting “Election” Dates Nov. 5, 2013 Texas Constitutional Admendments March 4, 2014 Primary Election Day May 27, 2014 Runoff Primary Election Day Nov. 4, 2014 General Election Day