Additional options to present ID at the polls now available

Staff Writer

Voters in Texas will have other options when presenting an ID at the polls, according to a news release from the Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos.
“In elections this fall, Texas voters who cannot obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID will have additional options when casting their ballots,” Secretary Cascos stated. “My agency is working to make sure Texans know about these changes and that all qualified voters are ready to cast a ballot.”
If a person does not have an approved form of ID to vote, “the voter may vote by (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, and (2) providing one of various forms of supporting documentation,” the release said.
According to the release, “supporting documentation can be a certified birth certificate (must be an original), a valid voter registration certificate, a copy or original of one of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter, although government documents which include a photo must be original and cannot be copies. If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election.”