Secretary Hughs encourages Texans to vote and ‘help shape the future of the Lone Star State’

'I encourage all eligible Texans to set aside time'

AUSTIN, Texas – Ruth R. Hughs, Texas secretary of State, encouraged all eligible Texas voters to take advantage of the early voting period ahead of the May 1 election. The election begins on Monday, April 19 and ends on Tuesday, April 27. Texas voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots in county, local and political subdivision elections, including mayor, city council, school board, municipal utility districts and other local entities. Secretary Hughs urged voters to research the candidates and measures that will show on their ballot and to get ready to make their voices heard.

All eligible Texas voters were reminded by the Secretary to inspect the recommended health care protocols released by her office. These protocols are meant to help prioritize the health and safety of all voters, election officer personnel, polling place workers and poll waters in Texas.

“Starting next week, Texas voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard by voting on candidates and measures that will directly affect the governance of their cities, towns, school districts, and other localities,” said Secretary Hughs. “I encourage all eligible Texans to set aside time to ensure that they are informed and prepared so that they can confidently cast their vote and help shape the future of the Lone Star State.”

There are 16,670,187 registered Texas voters, as of April.

To view a sample ballot, locate appropriate polling place and plan a trip to the polls, eligible Texas voters are encouraged to contact their respective county elections officer. They can also find extensive information in regards to the election on May 1 at VoteTexas.gov.

For Texas voters who are eligible to vote by mail, they need to ensure that their Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM (PDF) is obtained by the Early Voting Clerk in their registered county by Tuesday, April 20. To learn more about requirements for voting by mail in Texas click here.

Following are the seven approved form of photo ID:

Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)**
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
United States Passport (book or card)

Any of the seven approved forms of photo ID must be presented at the polls for all Texas voters. If a voter doesn’t have or can’t reasonably obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, they may execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form and a supporting form of identification from the list below:

a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate
a current utility bill
a bank statement
a government check
a paycheck
a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate
a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document)
The address on an acceptable form of photo identification or a supporting form of identification, if applicable, does not have to match the voter’s address on the list of registered voters.

These forms are available at each polling location. Specific voters may qualify for an exemption to presenting an approved form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure.

**License is not required to be REAL ID compliant

The acceptable photo ID must be current, with the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which doesn’t expire. For voters aged 18-69, the ID must not be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. Voters 70 years-old and older may use a form of acceptable photo ID listed above that has expired for any length of time if the ID is otherwise valid.

The voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election if they meet these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote.

Disabled voters may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to providing an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. For voters with religious objections to being photographed and can’t follow other requirements stated above, they can apply for a temporary exemption to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure. Voters may contact their County Voter Registrar for more details.

Call 1-800-252-VOTE with questions about how to cast a ballot in upcoming election.

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