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Confused About Changes to New Voter ID Law in Texas? Previously Accepted Voter ID May No Longer Be Accepted

February 20, 2014

 

CONTACT:

Stacie B. Royster

Director of Communications and External Affairs

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law   

(202) 662-8317

(202) 445-6101 (cell)

sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org

 

Confused About Changes to New Voter ID Law in Texas?

Previously Recognized Voter ID May No Longer Be Accepted

 

Election Protection Experts Available to Assist Texas Voters with Voting Questions or Problems

English and Spanish-Speaking Experts Available for Media Interviews Immediately

Call 202-445-6101 to Book Interviews  

 

Washington, D.C., February 20, 2014 – As the early voting period for Texas’s March 4th primary gets underway, Election Protection’s English and Spanish-speaking experts are available for interviews and ready to provide Texas voters with questions and assistance now through Election Day. This is the first major statewide election since the state’s voter ID law went into effect and many problems are expected with the new ID requirement. Voting rights advocates are especially concerned about voters who are not aware of the new law’s requirements, as well as those who have traditionally faced the greatest barriers to voting.   

  • Women in particular can face higher hurdles due to the requirement that names on a voter’s photo ID must be “substantially similar” to the name on the voter’s registration information. This can be a problem when women change their names after getting married.
  • Elderly Voters have faced difficulties in obtaining the required vote ID and been forced to make several trips to DPS to obtain acceptable photo ID.
  • Voter ID requirements are being applied inconsistently across the state due to convoluted and confusing new procedures, this can have an even more negative impact on minority voters

 

Reminders for Texas Voters:

  • Acceptable types of ID to vote (all unexpired or expired within 60 days of the election) include Texas driver’s license, Texas state personal ID card, U.S. Military ID card with a photo, U.S. Passport or U.S. Citizenship Certificate with a photo, license to carry a concealed handgun or an Election Identification Certificate.
  • Voter Registration Certificates/Voter Registration Cards are NOT acceptable forms of ID to vote in person, unless you receive a disability exemption. Tribal and Student IDs are NOT acceptable forms of ID to vote in person. 

 

Background Information

To ensure voters are equipped with the information needed to overcome these barriers, Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will run a voter assistance program for voters in Texas. Highly trained volunteers are available now through the early voting period and on Election Day, March 4th. Voters may call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) toll-free with questions regarding photo ID or other issues that may arise. Bilingual voters (English/Spanish) may call 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA.  The hotline will be staffed live February 18–28, Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm EST.

About the Lawyers' Committee
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2013 and continue our quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending; community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice. For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.