Early voting ahead of the March 4 party primary elections begins Tuesday, and voters are being reminded of the new voter ID law in effect in Texas.
In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. Voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections. Under the law, acceptable forms of identification needed to cast a ballot are a:
• Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS.
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.
• Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
• United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph.
• United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph.
• United States 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 for voter qualification at the polling place, according the Texas Secretary of State’s office. More information about voting in Texas can be found at VoteTexas.gov.