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2013-09-19 / General Stories

Kleinschmidt Reminds Voters On Photo ID Requirement

Rep. Kleinschmidt reminds voters that photo identification will now be required for voting in person.

“I strongly encourage all Texans to exercise their right to vote and participate in elections to make sure their voices are heard,” said Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt.

A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a ballot:

* Texas driver license issued by the Texas DPS

* Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

* Texas personal identification card issued by DPS

* Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS

* US military identification card containing your photograph

* US citizenship certificate containing your photograph

* United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.

Election Identification Certificates are available from DPS for eligible voters who do not have any of the other approved forms of ID. There is no fee for an Election Identification Certificate. More information is available at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/ DriverLicense/electionID.htm

This photo ID requirement is only for voters casting a ballot in person. Registered voters age 65 and older and those with a disability may vote by mail in any election.

Election officials are encouraging voters to update their voter registrations to reflect the names on their IDs. Voters may use IDs that do not exactly match the name on their voter registrations if the names are substantially similar, but will have to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person. Voters may look up their registration at VoteTexas.gov and, if their name is not an exact match, they can update their voter registration online through VoteTexas.gov.

Rep. Kleinschmidt also commented that “The members of your Texas Legislature have worked hard to protect the validity of your vote by enacting voter identification laws to prevent voter fraud from diluting your vital right to cast your individual vote.”

To check and update their registrations, voters can visit VoteTexas.gov or call 1-(800) 252- VOTE for more information.

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