FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/19/2016
Ed Thompson Reminds Voters to Prepare for November Elections
AUSTIN – The November Election is coming soon and State Representative Ed Thompson is, together with Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos, promoting the voter education initiative, Vote Texas.
“The November election is just around the corner and I’m working to make sure all Texans have the resources they need before heading to the polls,” said Thompson. “The state’s official voting resource, VoteTexas.gov has information such as election deadlines and the ID requirements for voters.”
The deadline to register in time for the November 8 Election is October 11. Texans can find a registration form to sign, print and mail at VoteTexas.gov. They may also check their current registration status.
As a reminder, when a voter arrives at the polls, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven forms of approved photo ID. If the voter has been able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter must present it. They are:
1. Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
2. Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
3. Texas handgun license issued by DPS
4. United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
5. United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
6. United States passport
7. Free Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
If a voter is not able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID and has a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining one, the voter may vote by (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining the reasonable impediment or difficulty that the voter has to obtaining one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, and (2) providing one of various forms of supporting documentation.
Supporting documentation can be a valid voter registration certificate, certified birth certificate (must be an original), a copy or original of one of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and an address of the voter, although a government document which includes a photo must be original and cannot be a copy. 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 apply with the county registrar for a permanent exemption to showing approved photo ID at the polls. Also, voters who (1) have a consistent religious objection to being photographed or (2) do not present one of the seven forms of approved photo ID because of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may apply for a temporary exemption to showing approved photo ID at the polls.
As a reminder, almost all voters who vote by mail will not need to show ID. Those voters 65 and older and those with a disability qualify to vote by mail.
“I encourage residents of House District 29 to not only decide which candidates to support this fall but to also make sure they are prepared for the polls,” said Thompson. “Vote Texas is your trusted official resource from the Texas Secretary of State.”
About Vote Texas
Vote Texas is the state’s campaign to educate Texans and prepare voters with all the information they need to cast a ballot. Learn more at votetexas.gov, a one-stop hub for all voting information, or call the Secretary of State’s toll-free hotline, 1-800-252-VOTE, with questions. Additionally, residents can follow #VoteTexas on Facebook and Twitter to learn about voting, ask questions, and share their voting experience.
Contact: Emily Kirchner