AUSTIN - There are only two days left to vote early but it seems confusion over the new voter ID law in Texas is just as much a problem at the polls as it was when early voting began.
According to the Texas Civil Rights Project, based in Austin, they’ve received more than 600 phone calls on their voting hotline with concerns over how the voter ID law is enforced at the polls.
In some cases, voters have been turned away for not having a photo ID.
However, according to the federal government, voters are not required to present a photo ID when voting at the polls.
Instead, if you cannot present a valid photo ID, you can complete a declaration indicating why you lack a photo ID and show a non-photo ID like a utility bill with your name and your address. Then you can cast a regular ballot.
Texas Civil Rights Project created a PSA explaining the new rules and released it this week to clear up the confusion. The PSA runs in both English and Spanish.
In addition, the Texas Civil Rights Project has sent a letter to the Secretary of State asking that he take immediate steps to solve the problems of inaccurate information about photo IDs.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a lawsuit last Friday after attorneys and volunteers visited and documented illegal enforcement of the voter ID law in more than 25 percent of Bexar County’s early voting polling places.
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