No legit photo ID, you’ll need new Election Identification Certificate to vote
By Elsa Maxey
For the November 5 General Election, this will be the first statewide election where eligible voters will be required to show a photo ID when voting in person. The General Election will be held in less than a month, and early voting will begin next Monday, October 21 and run through Friday, November 1.
For those without a Texas Department of Public Safety issued ID, like a Texas driver’s license, a personal ID card, a concealed handgun license; a passport or a citizen’s certificate with a photograph, they’ll be able to use the Election Identification Certificates (EIC). So, it’s important to get one.
This past Monday and Tuesday, two mobile stations were set up in Fort Bend County to issue the new EICs, announced Fort Bend County Elections Administrator John Oldham after he received word from Texas Secretary of State John Steen’s office late last week.
The EICs are provided free of charge to qualified voters who do not already have an approved form of photo ID. If you missed this week’s mobile station offering, there’s still an opportunity to get an EIC by going to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) office where driver’s licenses are issued. The Texas Secretary of State and DPS joint initiative at setting up the mobile stations was intended to provide for an opportunity close to home. Unfortunately, the announcement lacked advance notice.
The two Fort Bend locations were at the Missouri City old municipal court lobby on Texas Parkway and in Sugar Land, Fort Bend County Precinct 4 on Dairy Ashford was the other mobile EIC site. Both locations and the announcement were immediately posted on the Star’s online publication last week.
The state reports that many Texans already have an approved form of ID and will not need or qualify for an EIC. Applicants for the EIC, however, will need to present proof of citizenship and identity…a birth certificate and two forms of supporting identification.
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