In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed SB 14 creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. By-mail voting requirements were not changed. The new law will apply to ALL elections in Texas. The law became effective on June 25, 2013.
You may have heard that people with disabilities were exempt from the voter ID requirement. YES and NO! Voters with a disability may APPLY with the county registrar for a PERMANENT EXEMPTION from the ID law. The application for exemption must contain written documentation from:
US Social Security Administration saying you have a disability; US Dept of Veterans Affairs saying you have a disability rating of at least 50 percent. In addition you must state that you have no valid form of photo ID. You then can vote if you have this voter registration certificate saying you have the exemption.
WHAT ARE APPROVED FORMS OF PHOTO ID ?
- Texas driver license issued by Texas DPS*
- Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS*
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS*
- Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS*
- US military identification card with your photograph
- US citizen certificate with your photograph
- US passport
* Documents must be current or no more than 60 days expired. More info: http://votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id/
Useful Numbers and Websites
1. Nandita Berry, Texas Secretary of Sate
(512) 463-5650 (800) 252-VOTE (8683) www.votetexas.gov
NOT REGISTERED? www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/
People with Special Needs:
County by County Voter Registration Information:
Mail-In Ballot Information:
2. DISABILITY RIGHTS TEXAS RESOURCES
Voting Rights Hotline: 1-888-796-VOTE (8683)
3. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Election Identification Certificates information:
General Information – (512) 424-2000
Drivers License – (512) 424-2600
4. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
5. Travis County: KEEP CALM VOTE ON
May I please have an email address to send a sponsorship letter request and to whom?
Thank you very much!