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Additional options when voting in elections

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With November elections quickly approaching, Texas voters will now have additional options when presenting IDs at the polls.

Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos announced August 10 that “Texas voters who cannot obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID will have additional options when casting their ballots.” His agency is currently working to make sure Texans are aware of the implemented changes for the fall election, he said.

While casting a ballot, there are typically seven forms of approved photo IDs that voter will choose from. The options consist of:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

The additional changes that have been made allows a voter who is unable to acquire one of the seven forms of approved photo ID to sign a declaration at the polls providing reason why the voter is unable to obtain one of forms while also contributing supporting documentation.

There are various options of providing supporting documentations. Voter’s can supply documentation by:

  • An original certified birth certificate
  • A valid voter registration certificate
  • Supplying a copy one of the following: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter

If a voter meets these requirements, they will be qualified to cast a ballot.

There are exemptions for particular voters to show approved photo IDs at the polls.

Voters with a disability may continue to apply with the county registrar for a permanent exemption, while voters who express religious objections to being photographed or if natural disasters has vacated a voter’s ability to provide an approved photo ID may apply for temporary exemption.

Voting for the fall elections begin October 24 and ends November 4. Election Day will be held November 8.