As time ticks down to the Nov. 5 constitutional election, Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips is reminding all would-be voters that photo identification will now be required for voting in person.
Phillips said he and his staff are working to make sure Denton County voters understand the new identification requirements and have all the information they need to cast their ballots.
“By preparing now, voters can help make sure voting goes smoothly when it comes time for the election,” Phillips said.
A voter will be required to show one of several forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a ballot.
They include a Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by the DPS; Texas personal identification card issued by the DPS; Texas concealed handgun license issued by the DPS; U.S military identification card containing the person’s photograph; U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph; or a 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.
This photo ID requirement is for voters casting a ballot in person, not by mail. Voters age 65 and older may vote by mail.
Election officials are encouraging voters to update their voter registrations to reflect the names on their IDs.
Voters may use IDs that do not exactly match the name on their IDs if the names are substantially similar but will have to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person.
Voters can look up their registration at votetexas.gov. If the name is not an exact match, the voter can update his or her voter registration online at the website.
To check and update their registrations, voters can visit the Denton County Elections Administration website at www.votedenton.com, the state’s website at votetexas.gov or call 940-349-3200 for more information.
For more information about photo ID requirements including exemptions, visit votetexas.gov.
Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate if you do not have another form of photo identification can be found at www.dps.texas.gov.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.