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Voter ID law comes into effect for fall election

Sept. 3, 2013 at 4:03 a.m.


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Voters may look up their registration at votetexas.gov, and if their name is not an exact match, they can update their voter registration online at votetexas.gov.

• To check and update their registrations, voters can visit VoteTexas.gov or call 576-0124 for more information.

• For more information about photo ID requirements including exemptions, visit votetexas.gov.

• Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate if you do not have another form can be found at dps.texas.gov.

Voters will be required to show proof of identification to cast a ballot in the November election.

The Voter ID law passed in 2011, but the state announced in June after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down a section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it would move forward with the new rule, which will take effect immediately.

Victoria County Elections Administrator George Matthews said in a news release, "By preparing now, voters can help make sure voting goes smoothly when it comes time for the election."

A voter will be required to show one of seven forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote.

The accepted forms of identification include a Texas driver's license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS, Texas personal identification card issued by DPS, Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS, U.S. military identification card containing the person's photograph, U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph or a U.S. 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.

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.

"In Victoria 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," Matthews said in a news release.

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