Texas Secretary of State John Sheen and the Department of Public Safety have teamed up to promote voter turnout in this upcoming election, by creating "mobile" voting stations.
These temporary setups are cropping up in rural areas so that voters can get Election ID Certifications - otherwise known as EICs. EICs serve as appropriate identification in accordance with the new voter ID law for people without proper photo ID.
"These are rural counties, for the most part, where there's no DPS office," Secretary Sheen said of the locations they chose for the mobile stations. "That was in response to the concern about people who lived in one of those counties where it might be a lot of trouble to go to a DPS office in another county."
EICs are free of charge for voters who don't have an approved form of ID. Applicants need only bring proof of citizenship and identity. While the stations are convenient, they don't seem that necessary.
The mobile station at the Hale County Courthouse in Plainview said no one had come by to apply.
"When you think about the numbers of EICs being issued, what's happening with a lot of these people is that they're doing other things once they find out what their alternatives are," Sheen said in a press conference in Lubbock today.
Sheen said he couldn't pinpoint to just one reason why voters aren't utilizing these mobile resources.
So far, the state has only issued 70 EICs total. That's including all DPS offices, not just these temporary stations.
If you would like more info on voting ID, or to find an ID station near you, log onto www.votetexas.gov.