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Photo IDs will be required to vote, starting in the fall

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wise County Election Administrator Lannie Noble said new voter ID rules will be in effect for the November election.

Texas Secretary of State John Steen announced in June that photo identification will now be required when voting in Texas elections. His announcement followed a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that cleared the way for photo ID requirements in Texas, originally passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, to take effect.

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 drivers 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 U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.

Election identification certificates are now available only for voters who do not already have a required form of photo identification. There is no fee for the certificate.

Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate can be found at www.dps.texas.gov. You may also contact DPS by telephone at 512-424-2600.

To review frequently asked questions and answers, visit www.votetexas.gov.

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