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Election Identification Certificates (EICs) will be available from mobile stations throughout Hidalgo County for a week beginning Wednesday, Oct 16.
EICs are available without charge to qualified Texas voters who do not have an approved form of photo ID, which is now required for voting in person. The Nov. 5 election will be the first statewide election with photo ID requirements in effect.
"Accommodating my constituency to be part of the election process is one of the most sacred duties I have,” State Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. stated in a news release. "Although I did not favor the voter ID law when it was proposed in 2011, it is the law of the land, and my intention with these mobile certificate stations is to allow all Texans here in deep South Texas the opportunity to have the tools they need to have a voice at the ballot box."
EICs are available from DPS driver license offices across the state, but these mobile units will help bring EIC access closer to home. The stations are made possible through a partnership with the Texas Secretary of State and the Texas Department of Public Safety as well as in close collaboration with the Hidalgo County Elections Department.
Many Texans already have an approved form of ID and will not need or qualify for an EIC. Acceptable forms of ID in addition to an EIC are:
- Texas driver license issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas concealed 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
Applicants for an EIC will need to present proof of citizenship and identity. For most applicants that means a birth certificate and two forms of supporting identification. A complete list of identification requirements is available at http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/eicDocReqmnts.htm.
The schedule for Hidalgo County is below; all locations will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates and times may be subject to change. Check www.VoteTexas.gov. for the latest dates, locations and times.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Mission City Hall, Community Room, 1201 E. 8th St. - Mission
Hidalgo County Tax Office, 100 N. Closner - Edinburg
STC Mid Valley Campus, 400 N. Border - Weslaco
Thursday, Oct. 17
McAllen Main Public, 4001 N. 23rd St. - McAllen
STC Technology Campus, 3700 W. Military Highway - McAllen (South Ware and Military)
UTPS Student Union, 1201 W. University Dr. - Edinburg
Friday, Oct. 18
Palmview City Hall, 400 W. Veterans Blvd. - Palmview
Pharr City Hall, 118 S. Cage Blvd. - Pharr
Progresso Community Center, 510 N. FM 1015 - Progresso
Monday, Oct. 21
McAllen City Hall, 1300 W. Houston Ave. - McAllen
Mercedes City Hall, 400 S. Ohio - Mercedes
La Joya City Hall, Conference Room, 101 N. Leo Ave. - La Joya
Tuesday, Oct. 22
City of San Juan, Conference Room, 709 S. Nebraska - San Juan
City of Hidalgo, 704 E. Texano Dr. - Hidalgo
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Edinburg City Hall, Community Room, 415 W. University Dr. - Edinburg
Business & Visitors Center (Board Room), 275 S. Kansas Ave. - Weslaco
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