Voters have extended ID options in November
Whether casting a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump or other candidates for president, voters will have additional options to presenting identification at the poll in November.
“Texas voters who cannot obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo identification" will be presented other options to allow their vote, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos wrote in a press release.
“My agency is working to make sure Texans know about these changes and that all qualified voters are ready to cast a ballot," Cascos added.
A court order mandates that if a voter is unable to obtain one of the seven forms of photo identification, the person will be allowed to vote by signing a declaration explaining the reason. Voters with one of the forms of photo identification may use that for access to vote.
The seven forms of photo identification include:
- Texas driver's license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by Texas DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by Texas DPS
- Texas license to carry a handgun issued by Texas DPS
- U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- U.S. passport
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the approved photo identification must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
Supporting documentation can be an original certified birth certificate, a valid voter registration certificate, a copy or original current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter, although government documents which include a photo must be original and cannot be copies. If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election.
Voters with a disability may continue to apply with the county registrar for a permanent exemption to showing approved photo identification, which now may be expired no more than four years. Also, voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed or do not present one of the seven forms of approved photo identification because of certain natural disasters as declared by the U.S. president or the Texas governor may continue to apply for a temporary exemption to showing approved photo identification at the polls.
Voters with questions about how to cast a ballot can call 1-800-252-VOTE. Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4. Election Day is November 8.