Election Day is just around the corner. This is the first statewide election after the Texas voter ID law was passed. The law requires one of six forms of photo identification.
This includes, a Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas personal identification card issued by DPS, a Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS, a United States military identification card containing the personâ??s photograph, a United States citizenship certificate containing the personâ??s photograph or a United States passport.
Those who do not have one of these forms of photo identification can get a Texas Election Identification Certificate at the DPS office.
â??We need to verify your ID, your citizenship. make sure you're eligible to be a voter. You need to be a Texas resident. You need to be at least 17 and 10 months, and we can issue the EIC,â?? said Chris Ray, DPS Trooper.
A voter can go to the DPS office, get an EIC and use it right away to vote.
Getting an EIC can be even more convenient, thanks to mobile election ID stations. They will be traveling to counties all throughout Texas.
â??We're able to get to those communities that don't have access to a DPS office. If we can do that, hopefully we can get more people to vote,â?? Ray said.
Secretary of State John Steen has been travelling around Texas to get the word out about the new law and inform voters of the changes.
"No one will be turned away because of photo ID. If you don't have one, you can vote provisionally and then you've got six days to go to the registrar's office,â?? Steen said. The vote will be counted once photo ID is shown at the registrarâ??s office.