Early Voting

Texas Voter ID Requirements

Procedures for Voting in Person:

All citizens wishing to vote must still be on the official list of registered voters. Voters may still use one of seven (7) forms of photo ID, listed below. IDs may be expired up to four years.

Driver license
Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
US military identification card containing the person’s photograph
US citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
US passport

 

ADDITIONALLY, new procedures allow registered voters without photo ID to sign a simple form* and present one of the following documents to vote a regular ballot:
Valid voter registration certificate (card)
Certified birth certificate
Current utility bill
Bank statement
Government check
Paycheck
Any other government document with the individual’s name and address
*The one-page form is called the “Voter’s Declaration of Reasonable Impediment or Difficulty”

 

Prohibition of Voter Harassment


Election officials cannot question a voter about the use of an ID type
Poll watchers may never question a voter about Voter ID issues
ID address does not have to match the voter registration address.
No Provisional Ballots — Voters who present one of the alternate documents and sign the declaration form “shall be permitted to vote a regular ballot.”

 

Other Provisions


Declaration forms must be translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese for use in those counties required to provide voting materials in those languages.
A signed declaration form can be rejected “only upon conclusive evidence that the person completing the declaration is not the person in whose name the ballot will be cast.”

 

Other Resources


Read official Texas Secretary of State information on Voter ID http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.html
Identificación Requerida Para Votar en Persona http://www.votetexas.gov/es/registrese-para-votar/necesita-identificacion.html
Learn more on the League’s Voting Rights and Election Laws Issue Page http://www.lwvtexas.org/Voter_Rights_Election_Laws.html
Official Texas Secretary of State posters and flyers on Voter ID http://www.votetexas.gov/resources/voter-id-education-materials.html call (800) 252-VOTE with questions
Problems voting or with your ID report call the Secretary of State of Texas at (800) 252-VOTE
To review frequently asked questions and answers, visit http://www.votetexas.gov