Jefferson County Election administrator Theresa Goodness is reminding the public that new law requires voters to present a valid form of photo identification when taking to the polls in the November election. Also new to the election process in Jefferson County this voting cycle, she said, will be countywide polling places for voter convenience.
“We were one of a few places to get countywide polling approved,” Goodness said. According to her, the countywide polling designation was a coveted award, only allotted to select entities throughout the state. “On election day, any registered voter can vote at any polling location.
“We think it’s a wonderful thing for the voters. We did not reduce the number of polling locations, either, so it should be a more convenient process altogether.”
Regardless of where voters cast their ballots, however, everyone will need to show a valid form of photo identification with all the information contained on the ID to be substantially the same as what is on the voter’s voter registration card.
“We want to let all the voters know, they need to have a valid form of identification in order to vote,” Goodness said. “An election identification certificate is available if they don’t have driver’s license, state ID, passport, concealed handgun license, military ID with photo, citizenship certificate with photo …” Goodness said residents can obtain an election identification certificate through DPS at no charge with proper credentials such as a birth certificate and Social Security card.
Again, Goodness stressed, the name on the ID “needs to be substantially similar to the name on voter roll.
“If it doesn’t match exactly, I’d call the voter registrar’s office to make sure it does before they go to the polls.”
More information on how to ensure proper credentials for voting can be found at votetexas.gov and dps.texas. gov.
All changes to voter registration, and applications for voter registration must be submitted to the Department of Public Safety or Jefferson County Tax Assessor Shane Howard’s office no later than Monday, Oct. 5, to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 5, 2013, election.