Voter ID required for elections

Pending results of a current lawsuit, a voter identification form will now be required to cast a ballot in Texas elections.

County Clerk Barbara Vansa has been appearing before area civic groups and organizations to inform the public of the new rules.

A representative of the county clerk’s office will be on hand for a meeting of the Thorndale VFW Post 4009 & Auxiliary at the post home at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 to talk about voter ID.

Vansa said voters must now present one of the following forms of voter ID:

• Texas drivers license issued by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by Texas DPS.

• Texas personal identification card issued by Texas DPS.

• Texas concealed handgun license issued by Texas DPS.

• United States military identification card containing your photo.

• United States citizenship certificate containing your photo.

• United States passport.

“With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the ID must be current, or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place,” Vansa said.

She said some exemptions apply.

“Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption,” she said.

“Also, voters with a religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any valid form of photo ID as the result of natural disasters—as declared by the president of the U.S. or the governor of Texas— may cast a provisional ballot and must appear at the registrar’s office within six days of the election and sign an affidavit to have their votes counted,” she said.

Vansa said when a photo ID is presented at the polls, it will be compared to the voter registration information already on file.

“The law requires the photo ID name must be an identical name to the voter registration name,” she said. “If they don’t match the voter must complete a statement of residence card making the correction needed and sign or initial an affidavit which states you are indeed the person presenting to vote.”

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