FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/24/2013
Representative Burkett Reminds Voters that Photo ID is required for November 5 Election
AUSTIN - Representative Cindy Burkett (Sunnyvale) reminds voters photo identification will now be required for voting in person.
"The vast majority of voters will already have an appropriate ID,” said Burkett. “Your driver’s license is sufficient. For those who don’t have a driver’s license or similar ID and who plan to vote in person, a Texas or US issued ID card must be obtained prior to the election.”
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 Department of Public Safety (DPS)
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
• Texas concealed handgun license 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
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 encourage 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 the 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.
“The State of Texas is determined to make it easy for citizens to obtain a legal ID," said Burkett.
To check and update their registrations, voters can visit VoteTexas.gov or call 1-(800) 252-VOTE for more information.
For more information about photo ID requirements including exemptions, visit www.votetexas.gov.
Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate if you do not have another form of approved identification can be found at www.dps.texas.gov.