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2013-08-15

Voters reminded about required photo IDs

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Bandera County Election Administrator Toba Perez-Wright reminds voters that photo identification will now be required for voting in person.
"In Bandera County we are working to make sure our voters understand the new ID requirements and have all the information they need to cast their ballots," said Perez-Wright.
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 vote:
• 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 US citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
This photo ID requirement is for voters casting a ballot in person, not by mail. Voters age 65 and older may vote by mail.
Election officials are encouraging 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 their IDs 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 www.votetexas.gov and if their name is not an exact match they can update their voter registration online at www.votetexas.gov.
"My main concern is that the name on the voter ID document match the name on the voter registration card," Perez-Wright said in an interview. "If it doesn't, county residents can call me and we can get it changed before the election. Also, if they're not sure if the names match, call me and we can find out." She indicated that things such as marriages and divorces often affect names on documents.
"And, if anyone is not registered to vote, we can get them registered," Perez-Wright added. "By preparing now, we can help make sure voting goes smoothly by the next election."
To check and update registrations, voters can visit www.votexas.gov or call the Bandera County Election Administration at 830-796-8146 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 For those without other forms of identification can be found at www.dps.texas.gov.