AUSTIN, Texas – Today is the last day for Texans to register to vote in the March 1 primary, but you will also need to make sure you have proper identification when you cast your ballot.
Texas election laws require voters to present an approved ID before entering the voting booth. Alicia Pierce, communications director for the Texas Secretary of State, says registration is fairly simple.
“One of the most convenient ways to register to vote is to go to VoteTexas.gov,” she points out. “And there you can print, and then sign and mail in your form. As long as your application is marked by Feb. 1st, you should be OK to be register to vote.”
You can also register in person at your county clerk’s office or substation.
A Texas state law, which is currently being challenged in the courts, requires voters to present a valid license, state-issued ID, passport, citizenship certificate or military ID to cast a ballot. You can even use a license for a concealed handgun.
Pierce says the state is also issuing limited-purpose election identification certificates through the Driver License offices. Those offices are open during business hours Monday through Friday and some Saturdays.
And while you need an ID when voting, you don’t need one to register.
“However, we do ask you for the last four digits of your Social Security number or your driver’s license number or personal ID number,” Pierce adds.
Primary ballots will include your party candidates for president, as well as statewide and local elections.
Author: Mark Richardson – Texas News Service