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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Election Day is still around two weeks away, but you do not have to wait to cast your ballot. Early voting begins on Monday across Texas. And, in accordance with a controversial law, officials at the polls will be required to ask for your identification.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Texas permission to require a form of ID in order to cast a vote. The U.S. Justice Department said that this will impact about 600,000 voters in the state. This comes after a federal judge earlier this month found the law to be unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court offered no explaination for its decision.
Supporters say that the voter ID law will help prevent voter fraud.
Opponents of the new law argue that African American and Hispanic voters will be affected the most, because they face the biggest hurdles when it comes to possessing one of the seven acceptable forms of identification. According to civil rights leaders, this may leave some individuals ineligible to vote.
Valid Forms Of Identification:
— valid Texas driver’s license
— military ID
— state gun license
— citizenship certificate
— state election ID certificate
— personal ID card
There are a number of contests on the ballot this year, but the biggest is the race for Governor between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. Early voting runs through October 31. Election Day is on November 4.
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