TO HAVE A VOICE IN THE FUTURE OF TEXAS,
KNOW THE NEW VOTING REQUIREMENTS
AND BE PREPARED TO VOTE IN 2014
AUSTIN, TX - "Texas voters face important choices for the future of Texas in the 2014 elections when for the first time in more than 20 years an incumbent governor and many other incumbent state officials are not seeking reelection" according Linda Krefting, League of Women Voters of Texas President. "The March 4 Democratic and Republican primary elections are a crucial first step determining the candidates to appear on the November general election ballot for each party."
All voters need to know how the newly implemented Texas photo ID requirement works so they can be prepared when they go to the polls. The ID must be current or have expired no more than 60 days when presented at the polls, and the only IDs that can be accepted are:
Other photo IDs, including out-of-state driver's licenses, employer IDs, and school IDs cannot be accepted at the polls. Photo ID is not required to vote by mail except for new voters who registered without providing a driver's license or social security number.
At the polls, election officials will use the photo ID to be sure the individual asking to vote is the person registered to vote.
An exact match between the name on the photo ID and the list of registered voters is not required to be accepted to vote a regular ballot. If names don't match, additional information will be considered in accepting the voter.
Voters may want to know how their name will appear on the list of registered voters to see whether it compares to their photo ID. Voters can find out how their name will appear on the voter registration list at the polls by:
Voters who would like their voter registration and photo ID names to match can change the voter registration name to match the ID name in one of three ways:
Changes should be made by February 3 to be in effect for the March 4 primary elections.
The nonpartisan LWV-Texas Education Fund Voters Guide for the primary elections with candidate views on important issues in their own words plus helpful information on the new photo ID requirement and other aspects of voting will be available on www.lwvtexas.org and www.VOTE411.org by February 3. Print copies will be distributed by local Leagues and through many libraries.