Texas Voter I.D. Requirements

There has been much discussion and press lately about new voter registration requirements across the nation. The major issue has to do with picture I.D.s and making sure that your name on the photo identification card matches your name on Votethe  registration rolls. Many see these requirements as an attempt to suppress those who would typically vote Democratic – women and minorities, in particular – from voting.

Below is some important registration and voting information for those who live and vote in Texas. It was found in an article entitled Wendy David Held Up Due To New Voter Suppression Law.

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“As long as the names are substantially similar, all a voter will have to do is initial to affirm he or she is the same person who is registered” said Secretary Steen. “Poll workers have been trained to account for names that might be substantially similar but not an exact match  a number of circumstances including the use of nicknames, suffixes, and changes of name due to marriage or divorce.”

“A voter without an approved form of photo ID will have the option to vote provisionally” said Secretary Steen. “A provisional voter will then have until the sixth day from Election Day to go to the county voter registrar to present an approved ID.”

“Many Texans already have an approved form of photo ID. The seven forms of approved ID are:

– 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. For more information about voting in Texas, including the requirements of photo ID, visit www.VoteTexas.gov.”

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Please remember that voting is a Right that is guaranteed to you by the United States Constitution. It is a Privilege. And, it is our Responsibility to vote.

The upcoming elections in Texas and the Mid-Term elections in 2014 are extremely critical to Texas and the Nation. Be sure to register to vote and make sure that your papers are correct. Get educated. Vote.

If you are challenged by poll workers about your identity when you go to vote, ask for a provisional ballot to vote. Do not leave the polling place without voting your beliefs and conviction.

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