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Texas Secretary of State Nelson spends first day of 2024 Voter Education Tour in Amarillo

Reminds Texas Voters of ID Requirements for 2024 Elections

AMARILLO—Texas Secretary of State Jane Nelson delivered the opening keynote to the Texas Association of Elections Administrators today in Amarillo on the first day of her 2024 voter education tour.

“I am here to say thank you to the elections administrators who work so hard to make elections in Texas a possibility,” Secretary Nelson said. “Also, I am here to help remind Texans about the requirements for voting and make sure they are ready to cast a ballot.”

Secretary Nelson and elections officials across Texas are alerting voters to requirements that have changed since the last presidential election.

For example, Texans voting by mail must provide one of the following numbers on their mail-in ballot application and the carrier envelope of their cast ballot:

  • Texas Driver License
  • Texas Personal Identification Card
  • Election Identification Certificate
  • OR the last 4 digits of their Social Security number

Texans who have not been issued one of these numbers must indicate so by checking the appropriate box on the application for ballot by mail or carrier envelope.

Texans are eligible to vote by mail if they are age 65 or older, sick or disabled, expect to give birth within three weeks of Election Day, or out of their county of registration through both the early voting period and Election Day.

Secretary Nelson also highlighted the seven approved forms of photo ID Texans can use to vote in person:

  • Texas Driver License
  • Texas Personal Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Texas Handgun License
  • Military Identification Card
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate

Voters who do not have and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven approved forms of photo ID can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polls and present an alternative form of identification, such as a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or a voter registration certificate.

“My goal is to make sure every qualified Texan who wants to vote has all the information they need to cast a ballot,” Secretary Nelson said. “If you remember anything today, I want you to remember a website: VoteTexas.gov, the official website from my office with all the voting information you need.”

Secretary Nelson also made a stop in Lubbock earlier in the day.

February 5 is the last day to register in time for the primary election, which is March 5. February 23 is the last day to apply for a ballot by mail, and early voting runs from February 20 through March 1.

For more information on ID requirements and voting deadlines, please visit VoteTexas.gov for official information or call 1-800-252-VOTE.

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