Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Don't miss the opportunity to vote in November because you don't have the proper documents

Recent changes in Texas voting laws may surprise many voters in November when we vote on city council, school boards, bonds and constitutional amendments. Beginning with this election all in person voters must show an approved photo ID which are limited to:
Texas drivers license
Texas concealed handgun license
Texas Election Identification Certificate
Texas personal identification card, United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
U.S. 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.

Other changes include a requirement that the name on the photo ID and voter registration match so if you’re a woman who has recently married or divorced and changed your name be sure documents match.

Since the legislature failed to fund voter education measures to insure that all voters know the new rules non-partisan organizations have pooled resources and created a web site www.gotidtexas.org to help voters confirm that they have the requisite documents to vote. Common Cause Texas urges everyone to check their documents and tell friends and family about the site so that no voter is disenfranchised in November because they didn’t know what they needed.

JC Dufresne

Common Cause Texas, Vice Chair


  1. Published in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Sept 11, 2013 http://herald-zeitung.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_76933ba8-1b62-11e3-ad19-001a4bcf887a.html

  2. Published in the Seguin Gazette Sept 17, 2013