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Photo ID now needed when voting
COLDSPRING – Beginning immediately, voters in Texas will have to show photo identification when voting in person. In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. While pending review within the judicial system, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation. As a result, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections. Acceptable forms of photo identification include: • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Safety (DPS) • Texas Election Identification Certificate 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 With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said last week, "The ruling does not abolish the Voting Rights Act. All states, including Texas, continue to be subject to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, which prohibit racial discrimination nationwide. "With the decision, the State's voter ID law will take effect immediately. Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government." San Jacinto County Elections Administrator Sherryl Evans said, "Within the next day or two, we will be adding the information to the election page on the county website located at www.co.san-jacinto.tx.us Evans may be reached by telephone at 936-653-5804.