AUSTIN, Texas — Early voting for the Nov. 5 election begins on Monday, Oct. 21. Voters across Texas must show a photo ID at the polls.
A recent Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for Texas to enforce voter identification laws and political maps that federal judges said discriminate against minorities.
DPS began issuing Election Identification Certificates in June to voters who don’t already have an acceptable form of photo ID. Applications for the EIC are accepted at DPS driver license offices statewide.
If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an EIC:
- Texas driver 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
To qualify for an EIC, applicants must be:
- A U.S. citizen;
- A Texas resident;
- Eligible to vote in Texas (show a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application when applying for the EIC); and
- 17 years and 10 months or older.
The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date of an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older.
The EIC can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.
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