2014 is just around the corner. Wow how time flies. By now you should have received your new voter registration form in the mail the nice orange one. If you have not received one contact the Elections Administrator’s office (830.769.1472) to ask why. There are some changes in voting laws.
For example the Photo ID now required for voting in Texas.
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 vote:
• 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 at the polling place.
Now would be the time to check out a few details on the form so that when you vote in 2014 there will not be any delays or hassles at the polls. Obviously; name, DOB, address, and gender, check precinct number. In a few instances some boundaries have been changed, which may have changed your precinct number, compare the last years number to this year’s number and inform yourself of the correct location to vote, the “I have always voted here before” may not be enough to let you cast your vote at a wrong precinct.
New legislation requires the voter’s name on the photo identification presented by the voter when voting in person to exactly match the name on the list of registered voters (Section 63.001, Texas Election Code 8/13). It is up to you of course whether or not you want a smooth voting experience or the extra paper work. Section 63.001 goes on to read; if the name is substantially similar, then the voter will be required to initial an affidavit stating that the voter is the person on the list of registered voters each time the voter votes in person.
Significantly different names may result in the voter only being able to vote provisionally. So take the time now to compare your identification with your new 2014 voter registration certificate if there is a discrepancy you can update your information by submitting a new voter registration application to the county Election Administrator office in person or by mail. You may also go online (to update in the same county only) to txapps. texas.gov/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager.
Your vote is your voice. Now is the time for all registered voters to come to the aid of their country by voting your voice.
Hector Xavier Moreno
Volunteer Deputy Registrar