Texas Implements Voter ID Law After Supreme Court Ruling


Acceptable Forms Of Photo Identification

Texas driver’s license (unexpired or expired less than 60 days)

Texas personal identification card (unexpired or expired less than 60 days)

U.S. passport book or card (unexpired or expired less than 60 days)

Texas concealed handgun license (unexpired or expired less than 60 days)

U.S. Military identification with photo (unexpired or expired less than 60 days)

U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo

Voters who do not have photo IDs may apply for Election Identification Certificates at Department of Public Safety driver’s license offices beginning on June 26.  To qualify applicants must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, and 17 years and 10 months of age or older.  A valid voter registration card or voter registration application must be presented when applying for a certificate, which is available free of charge.  Residents with documented disabilities may apply through county election offices for permanent exemptions to the photo ID requirement.

Additional information is available at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm and http://votexas.org/register-to-voteneedid


 

 

 

 

 

AUSTIN (June 25, 2013)--Texas wasted no time Tuesday in implementing legislation that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key portion of the landmark Voting Rights Act that required some states to get pre-clearance before changing election laws.

Texas Secretary of State John announced the requirement just hours after the ruling was released.

“My office is committed to making sure Texans have all the information they need to vote, including what forms of identification they need now that photo ID requirements are in effect,” he said.

The court’s ruling Tuesday effectively ended the advance approval requirement that applied mainly to states in the South with a history of racial discrimination.

The requirement could be restored, but only after Congress comes up with a new formula that meets what Chief Justice John Roberts called “current conditions” in the U.S.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry praised the ruling in a brief statement Tuesday.

“Today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court is a clear victory for federalism and the states. Texas may now implement the will of the people without being subject to outdated and unnecessary oversight and the overreach of federal power,” he said.

Central Texas state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, said the ruling ends the state’s two-year legal battle over the voter ID law.

“Despite overwhelming public support for photo identification requirements, the Obama justice department blocked the implementation of Voter ID for two years,” he said.

“Now, we can move forward with our law to restore voter confidence by giving election workers a tool to eliminate in-person voter fraud,” he said.

Not everyone was pleased by the court’s decision, however.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a significant setback after years of progress creating a more inclusive and effective democratic process and will have a far-reaching impact on Texas in particular where intentional discrimination is too often part and parcel of the state’s political machinery,” said Jenn Brown, executive director of Battleground Texas.


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