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Seven Acceptable Photo IDs For Voting

Photo identification is now mandatory in all Texas elections after an announcement from the Texas Attorney General in June. The ID must be state or federally issued and when presented not be expired more than 60 days.

Photo identification is now mandatory in all Texas elections after an announcement from the Texas Attorney General in June.

Dorothy Kennedy has been accepting voter certificates before showing folks to the polling booths for years, but she said this November you'll need more than that yellow card to vote.

"They will have to bring a form of photo I.D. in, but it's going to be important that its one of those seven that are now listed," said Kennedy.

On that list:

-Texas drivers license

-Texas personal identification card

-U.S. passport book or card

-Texas concealed handgun license

-U.S. Military identification with photo

-U.S. citizenship certificate or certificate of naturalization with photo. 

All photo IDs must be state or federally issued and be up to date.

"The IDs cannot be more than 60 days expired when you present it," said Kennedy.

However, if you don't have any of the above documents you can obtain an Election Identification Certificate at the Department of Public Safety's office

An EIC is completely free and will last you 7 years.

Whichever ID you use Kennedy says to make sure the name matches up with your voter registration.

"The name needs to be substantially similar," said Kennedy. "So if you use Tom to Thomas or Steve and Steven then all or your info is good and correct."

You have until October 7th to change your name or address on your registration.

If you vote without a photo ID you can still vote provisionally and will have six days to come back and show a photo ID. 
The election is November 5 with early voting beginning October 21.

You'll have a constitutional amendment vote and a recall election for Victor Hernandez on your ballot.

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