King reminds: New voter I.D. requirements for upcoming election

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Proper photo identification is required for the upcoming Constitutional Election on November 5. 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 ballot:

• Texas driver license

• Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC)

• Texas personal identification card

•  Texas concealed handgun license

• U.S. military identification with photo

•  U.S. citizenship certificate with photo

• U.S. passport book or card

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 (EIC) are available from DPS for eligible voters who do not have any of the other approved forms of ID. There is no fee for an EIC.

To qualify for an EIC an applicant must:

• Be a Texas resident

• Be 17 years and 10 months or older

• Bring documentation to the office to verify U.S. citizenship and identity

• Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application)

More information is available at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm

The photo ID requirement is only for voters casting a ballot in person. Registered voters age 65 and older and those with a disability may vote by mail in any election.

Election officials are encouraging voters to update their voter registrations to reflect the names on their IDs. Voters may use IDs that do not exactly match the name on their voter registrations if the names are substantially similar but will have to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person. Voters may look up their registration at VoteTexas.gov and, if their name is not an exact match, they can update their voter registration online through VoteTexas.gov.

Remember early voting will take place through November 1 and is followed by Election Day on November 5.

Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, represents Parker and Wise counties in the Texas House of Representatives.

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