Here are the ID rules to vote in Tuesday’s primaries


Tuesday is election day for the Texas Republican and Democratic primaries, and although the state’s voter ID law remains in legal limbo, here’s what you need to vote in person:

What ID is needed to vote?

Texas still requires registered voters to show one of seven forms of photo ID — if they have one. Acceptable forms of ID are a Texas driver’s license or handgun license, a U.S. passport, U.S. military ID card, U.S. citizenship certificate or a Texas Department of Public Safety-issued personal ID card or election identification certificate.

Documents that have been expired more than four years will not be accepted, although voters 70 and older can use any acceptable photo ID no matter when it expired, the Texas secretary of state’s office says.

And if voters lack a photo ID?

Voters without one of the seven accepted photo IDs can still show a voter registration certificate, certified birth certificate, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck or government check, or a government document (including an out-of-state driver’s license, a Native American tribal ID or a DPS receipt) that includes a name and address. The address does not need to match the address listed on voter rolls.

These voters also have to fill out and sign a “reasonable impediment declaration” stating that they could not obtain a photo ID for reasons that include a lack of transportation, disability, illness, work schedule, family responsibilities and lost or stolen ID.

If I have a photo ID but forget to bring it?

Two options: Get the ID and return before the polls close at 7 p.m., or cast a provisional ballot and bring an acceptable ID to county election officials within six days to have the ballot count, the secretary of state’s office says.

Where does the legal fight over voter ID stand?

A federal judge in Corpus Christi ruled last year that the 2011 Texas voter ID law was passed by Republicans in the Legislature to discriminate against minorities, who tend to favor Democrats but are less likely to have acceptable identification. The judge also threw out a 2017 law that updated the statute with looser ID requirements, saying there was no way to fix a law that was drafted to intentionally discriminate.

State officials appealed, and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Texas to use the rules described above while the appeal goes forward.

The appeals court heard oral arguments Dec. 5 in New Orleans but has not yet ruled on the dispute.



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