If you plan on voting in the Nov. 4 general election, you need to make sure you are registered to vote.
If you are not, Monday is your last chance.
The last day to register to vote or update the information on your current “orange” voter registration certificate is Monday, Oct. 6. Check to be sure the address on your voter certificate is your current address and the name on the certificate matches, or is substantially similar, to the name on the ID you will be presenting to vote.
Current law requires that you be registered in the county you call home and have a photo identification to vote. Call the Voter Registration office at 940-626-4453 or 940-627-3656.
If you need photo identification, Election Identification Certificates (EIC) may be obtained from any Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) driver’s license office throughout the state during normal business hours, all year. Wise County’s office is located at 2000 S. Trinity in Decatur. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
DPS will offer Saturday hours at select driver’s license offices to issue EICs only Oct. 11 through Nov. 8. Those locations will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The closest office to Wise County that will offer Saturday hours is at 820 N. Loop 288 in Denton and 5816 Azle Ave. in Lake Worth.
To apply for an EIC, applicants must visit one of the locations listed above and complete an application for a Texas Election Identification Certificate (DL-14C).
To qualify for an EIC, an applicant must:
- Bring documentation to verify U.S. citizenship and identity
- Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety.)
- Be a Texas resident
- Be 17 years and 10 months or older
If voters already have any of the following documents, they have an acceptable form of photo identification and are not eligible to receive an EIC:
- Texas driver’s license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo
The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.
The EIC is free to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date for an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older. The EIC can be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.
For more information on the requirements, exemptions and process for obtaining an EIC, visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm. For information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State’s website: www.votetexas.gov.
Early voting for the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 20-31.