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Get your EIC at election office

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

To ensure every citizen in Bandera County has a voice in the upcoming election, representatives from the Texas Department of Public Safety will be in Bandera next week to issue Election Identification Certificates (EIC).
They will be at the Election Office in the Ray Mauer Annex, 403 12th Street, on weekdays only from 8 am to 5 pm beginning Tuesday, Oct. 24, and running through Monday, Nov. 4. During those times, Bandera County voters who need an EIC can secure one at no charge.
When applying for an EIC, an applicant must fill out an application and:
• Bring documentation that verifies identity and United States citizenship.
• Be eligible to vote in Texas. An applicant can bring his valid voter registration card to the annex, or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety at the office
• Be a Texas resident.
• Be 17 years and 10 months or older.
An application for the EIC is available for downloading at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm.
According to Election Administrator Toba Perez-Wright, a voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before being 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.
Additionally, the EIC is for voters casting a ballot in person, not by mail. Voters age 65 and older may vote by mail.
For more information, call Perez-Wright at 830-796-8146.