Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 30 August 2013 08:21
Yvonne Ramon, Elections Administrator for Hidalgo County, told the Hidalgo County Commission in their Tuesday, Aug. 27, meeting, the upcoming Sept. 14 elections the county is managing would be the first to implement the new state requirement for voters to have photo identification in order to vote. The four elections where the system will be piloted will be the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District (ISD), the City of Edinburg, Edinburg Consolidated ISD, and La Villa ISD.
The State of Texas will accept seven different types of identification cards in future elections. The first is a valid Texas driver’s license. The driver’s license must be current or must not have expired more that 60 days in the past. If the address on the driver’s license does not match the voter registration information, he voter must complete a “Substantially Similar Name Affidavit.”
The second is an Election Identification Certificate (EIC), issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It must also be current or not expired for more than 60 days and if the address does not match the voter also complete a Substantially Similarity Name Affidavit. The Texas Personal Identification Card, also issued by DPS, has the same requirements. Voters may also use their concealed handgun licenses or a valid United States passport as identification to vote with the same time and name requirements. A United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph will also be accepted.