DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas voters are reminded that for those who cannot obtain one of the 7 forms of approved photo ID there are additional options when voting in person.
“My office is working to make sure all the voters in Dallas County are ready to cast a ballot,” said Toni Pippins-Poole, Dallas County Elections Administrator. “These new options for voters who cannot obtain photo ID are currently in place and will be used in the November Election.”
As provided by a court order, if a voter has a reasonable impediment to obtaining one of the seven forms of approved photo ID. The voter may vote by signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is unable to obtain one of the 7 forms of approved photo ID, and providing one of various forms of supporting documentation.
Supporting documentation can be an original certified birth certificate, a valid voter registration certificate, a copy or original of one of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, although government documents which include a photo must be original and cannot be copies. If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election.
The 7 forms of approved photo ID are:
- Texas driver 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 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
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
Voters can learn more by visiting VoteTexas.gov or calling 1-800-252-VOTE or the Dallas County Elections website. Early voting for the November 8 Presidential Election begins October 24 and ends November 4.
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