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Voter ID law requirements reminders, options

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - In November thousands of east Texans will exercise their constitutional right to vote. The deadline to register is less than a month away. CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey found out why voters may need to head to their DPS office before heading to the polls.

Under the Voter ID Law you'll need one of seven identification cards before casting a ballot. While many feel this is an unnecessary change, it's happening. 

"I have a valid Texas drivers licence."          

Michael Scott is a Texas voter and said even though he has what he needs to cast his vote, he doesn't think everyone should have to present a photo ID.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with having just a regular identification card," said Scott.

There are some photo ID exemptions for people with disabilities or those voting by mail, but everyone else will be denied the right to vote if they don't have a photo ID.

"The supreme court had to go through that process and it was accepted by the supreme court, so now it's enforced so this will be the first election we'll have to implement this new law," said Longview Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy.

The acceptable forms of ID are:

Texas Drivers License
Texas Personal Identification Card
Texas Concealed Handguns License
US Passport
US Military Identification Card with photo
US Citizenship Certificate with photo
or and Election Identification Certificate
   
The Election Identification Certificate is something newly implemented.

"If a person didn't have one of those required forms of id they did want to make it available to have something for them to vote with," said Nealy.

The election certificate is a photo ID that can only be used to vote. To apply you'll have to show you're a US citizen with a birth certificate or social security card.

The election certificate is good for six years, however for people over 70 it will never expire.

 

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