Lost voter registration card no reason to panic

Alternate proof will be accepted, says secretary of state

If you’ve lost your voter registration card (it’s yellow) don’t let that keep you from voting.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade says alternate proofs of voter registration will be accepted by poll officials.

While there are no photo ID requirements for 2012—that matter is tied up in the court system—several forms of ID will be accepted in lieu of the voter registration card, she said.

In lieu of the card, Texas voters may present one of the following:

• A driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

• A similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired.

• A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity.

• A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity.

• Your United States citizenship papers.

• Your United States passport.

• Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity.

• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

CHECK LIST—Even voters who have their yellow registration cards can speed up the voting process with a simple “check list” before they get to the polls,” Andrade said.

“Make sure it’s signed, verify where your county’s polling places are, review what’s on your ballot and make plans to go vote,” she said.

RECORD—Andrade said Texas reached a record number of registered voters on the Official List of Registered Voters.

As of Friday, October 19—10 days after voter registration ended— Texas has 13,646,226 registered voters; the highest number in state history.

“I want to thank all Texans who registered to vote this year and all Texans who are already registered voters,” she said.

The previous record number of registered voters was 13,575,062 set for the November, 2008, general election.

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