What Id do I have to have to Vote?

There was a court ruling on TX voter ID law, so what do I need to take with me to vote this year?

What if I have a problem voting?

A:

If you have problems voting call one of these Election Protection hotlines 866-OUR-VOTE (eng) and 888-Ve Y-Vota (esp)

You can also document your story about your voting problems at jill2016.com/votingproblems. Please encourage people to fill out the report form if they call or write in with problems.

If you are not able to get one of the seven forms of approved photo ID listed below, you can vote by (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why you are unable to get one of the forms of approved ID, and (2) providing one of these forms of supporting documentation:

  • certified birth certificate (must be an original from the county; hospital certificates are not accepted),
  • valid voter registration certificate
  • copy or original of one of the following:
    • current utility bill,
    • bank statement,
    • government check,
    • paycheck,
    • or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter,
      • original required if it contains a photograph.

After presenting ONE of these supporting documents, you must fill out and sign a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration" - the Election workers SHOULD give you one automatically, but if they don't, make sure you go through the trouble to get one or your vote will be discarded and not counted.  If you have an excuse, like "I forgot" they will also discard your vote, you must have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to getting a PhotoID, like not having resources to buy one, etc.

If you encounter any problems with this process, you have the right to speak to the Election Judge.  If that person does not follow these rules and provide the proper documentation, please get their full name and a photo of their id, and the name of their supervisor.  This will allow you to file a formal complaint that we have a volunteer to help you with.  Contact us at 512.551.0310 from the polling station.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS  (see below)
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun 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

The identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before the day you vote (2012).  the only exception is the U.S. citizenship certificate, which shouldn't have an expiration date.

Election Identification Certificates are available from DPS driver license offices during regular business hours. Find mobile station locations here.

 

source: http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id

 

This just in Nov 4 - more voter info based on problems during early voting:

 

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Contact: Zenén Jaimes Pérez, Communications Director
Phone:
 512.914.5905

Contact: Stacie Burgess, Communications Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Phone:
 202.662.8317

Civil Rights groups launch public education campaign on Texas’ voter ID
Problems with early voting demand greater explanation for Texas’ voter ID law

Austin, TX — Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Texas Civil Rights Project launched a public education campaign to explain Texas’ voter ID law. The groups’ paid media campaign through Election Day utilizes the Texas Association of Broadcasters’ Public Education Partnership program for nonprofit and government agencies.  It includes English and Spanish-language Radio and TV spots in all Texas media markets and targeted digital video ads that will deliver more than 1 million impressions to Texans across the state.

Data and information collected by the Election Protection hotline suggests that much confusion still remains about the recent federal court-ordered changes to the voter ID law. Reports indicate that polling locations in Bexar, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Hays, McLennan, and Travis Counties, at a minimum, are posting misleading or inaccurate information regarding the need for photo ID to vote. In several cases, voters were almost turned away from the polls due to the law. The Texas Civil Rights Project has already sent a letter to the Secretary of State asking that he take immediate steps to solve the problems of inaccurate information about photo IDs.

Additionally, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund  filed a lawsuit last Friday afternoon after attorneys and volunteers visited and documented illegal enforcement of the voter ID law in more than 25 percent of Bexar County’s early voting polling places.

The public education campaign includes 30-second digital video and 30-second radio advertisements in both English and Spanish explaining the requirements for photo ID and what voters can do if they reasonably could not obtain a photo ID. It also directs voters to more information as well as the 866-OUR-VOTE and 888-Ve Y-Vota Election Protection hotline numbers.

Mimi Marziani, Executive Director with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

“Over the past week of early voting, we have seen confusion and many troubling instances regarding the state’s voter ID law. No voter should be at risk of being turned away at the polls due to last minute changes to the state’s already discriminatory law. Our public education campaign will educate voters throughout the state about the law and arm them with the information they need to cast a ballot that counts during early voting and on election day.”

Maria Peralta, Senior National Coordinator, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said:

“Empowering voters means educating voters about their rights. Based on what we've seen since the start of Early Voting in TX, it is clear that there is a need for more accurate information about the expanded voter ID rules. We are excited about this expansive media campaign that will reach voters across the state of Texas. And as always, Election Protection stands ready to help voters with any questions or problems at the polls."

During early voting, the Election Protection coalition is encouraging voters to call the toll-free English language hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE. Additionally, Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA hotline and Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali speakers can use the 888-API-VOTE number.

Additional Resources:

http://www.866ourvote.org/newsroom/releases/civil-rights-groups-launch-public-education-campaign-on-texas-voter-id


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