Election Office notes photo ID now required

   Texas Secretary of State John Steen announced on June 25 that photo identification will now be required when voting in Texas elections. His announcement followed a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that cleared the way for photo ID requirements in Texas, originally passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, to take effect.
   A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:
   •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 concealed handgun license 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 identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
   Election identification certificates are now available only for voters who do not already have a required form of photo identification. There is no fee for the certificate. Information on how to obtain an electionidentification certificate can be found at www.dps.texas.gov. The local DPS office may be contacted by telephone at 361-275-6154.
   To review frequently asked questions and answers concerning Photo ID, visit www.votetexas.gov.
   Contact Patty Strieber, DeWitt County elections administrator, at 361-275-0859 or electionadmin@co.dewitt.tx.us for additional Photo ID info.
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