PARTICIPATE IN SELECTING REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR THE NOVEMBER BALLOT
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Vote in the Primary Elections During Early Voting, February 18-28,

or on Election Day, March 4

AUSTIN, TX - "This will be a particularly significant election year for Texas because for first election in two decades the incumbent governor and many other state officials are not seeking reelection," according Linda Krefting, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas.   "The March 4 primary elections are crucial because they determine Democratic and Republican candidates for the November general election ballot."

 

Statewide races for governor and executive branch offices; regional races for state senator and representative, state board of education, and regional courts, and county races are all on the ballot. Registered voters can help shape the future of Texas by casting a ballot during early voting, February 18-28, or on Election Day, March 4.  

 

To help voters cast an informed ballot, the nonpartisan LWV-TX Education Fund Voters Guide provides candidate views on important issues in their own words plus helpful information on the new photo ID requirement and other aspects of voting. The Voters Guide in English and Spanish is available at www.lwvtexas.org and  www.VOTE411.org. Print copies are available through local Leagues and many libraries. VOTE411.org allows the voter to enter an address and identify races specific to that address.

 

When they go to the polls, voters should be prepared for the newly implemented Texas photo ID requirement. The ID must be current or have expired no more than 60 days when, and only the following IDs that can be accepted:

  • Texas driver's license, personal ID card, concealed carry license, or election identification certificate, or
  • United States passport, military ID, citizenship or naturalization certificate.

 

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 without acceptable ID will be able to vote a provisional ballot and provide ID within 6 days of the election. 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.

 

Photo IDS that cannot be accepted at the polls include out-of-state driver's licenses, employer IDs, and school IDs. Voters without an acceptable ID can obtain an Election Identification Certificate at no cost from the Texas Department of Public Safety by providing proof of citizenship and identity.

 

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The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas has been "educating and agitating" for informed participation in government for more than 90 years and believes no form of participation is more important than voting. To have a voice in the 2014 elections, which will be particularly important to the future of Texas, voters need to be understand the new photo ID requirement.

 

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