As the March 4 primary elections draw closer, the public is reminded that Monday is the last day to not only register to vote — but to also update your address for the election.
Due to new voter identification laws, all voters will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:
• Texas driver's license
• ID card
• Concealed handgun license
• U.S. Passport
• Military ID
• U.S. Citizenship certificate
“We are encouraging voters to update their voter registrations to reflect the names on their IDs. If the name on our voter registration record does not exactly match the name on the voters photo ID, but are substantially similar, the voter will have to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person,” Anderson County Elections Administrator Casey Brown said in a news release. “We are encouraging voters to correct their names. If not, the voter will be required to complete the name affidavit for every election.”
If you do not have any of the acceptable forms for voting, you may apply for an “Election ID Certificate” at the local Texas Department of Public Safety office.
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 at the polling place.
This photo identification requirement is for voters casting a ballot in person, not by mail.
Voters may look up their registration at votetexas.gov. If their names are not an exact match, the voter can come by the elections office to update their record or update their voter registration online. The form must be completed, printed and mailed to the Anderson County Elections office, located at 703 N. Mallard St., Suite 116 in the Anderson County Courthouse Annex.
For more information, call 903-723-7438.
In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 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.