Early voting underway, i.d. needed to vote




Early voting is underway and voters may cast their ballots for the November 4 General Election at the Atascosa County Annex II Building at 816 N. Main, Jourdanton, TX. Their hours for October 20-24 (weekdays) are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; October 27- 31 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, October 25 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The office will remain open during the lunch hour for voter’s convenience.

IDs needed to vote

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Texas Voter ID Law and ruled in favor of showing IDs to vote in Texas elections last Saturday.

Earlier last week, a federal judge struck down the law citing that many voters do not have acceptable forms of identification.

So, for now, voters will need to show their IDs.

Acceptable forms of photo identification, and procedures for voting according to votetexas.gov website are:

• 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 for voter qualification at the polling place.

Procedures for Voting

When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID. Election officials will now be required by State law to determine whether the voter’s name on the identification provided matches the name on the official list of registered voters (“OLRV”). After a voter presents their ID, the election worker will compare it to the OLRV. If the name on the ID matches the name on the list of registered voters, the voter will follow the regular procedures for voting.

If the name does not match exactly but is “substantially similar” to the name on the OLRV, the voter will be permitted to vote as long as the voter signs an affidavit stating that the voter is the same person on the list of registered voters.

If a voter does not have proper identification, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will have (six) 6 days to present proper identification to the county voter registrar, or the voter’s ballot will be rejected.

Exemption/Exceptions:

Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she has been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid form of photo identification. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption. Please contact your voter registrar for more details.

Voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any valid form of photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may vote a provisional ballot, appear at the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after election day, and sign an affidavit swearing to the religious objection or natural disaster, in order for your ballot to be counted. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.



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