On August 10, 2016, US District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi issued an order prescribing what Texas voters need to bring to the polls when they vote in person.
New Procedures for Voting in Person
All citizens wishing to vote must still be on the official list of registered voters. For the November 8th election, the deadline to register is October 11th.
Voters may still use one of seven (7) forms of photo ID, listed below. IDs may be expired up to four years. (Previously IDs could be expired no more than 60 days.)
- 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 who are not able to obtain one of the photo IDs above 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
- 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.
- The 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.”
- 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.”
- Read official Texas Secretary of State information on Voter ID
- Learn more on the League’s Voting Rights and Election Laws Issue Page
- The August 10, 2016 full Court Order may be found here.
- League of Women Voters of Texas – Urges Quick Remedy Following Voter ID Ruling, Press Release 7/20/16