The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

September 14, 2013

Getting carded: Voting in Texas now requires photo ID

PALESTINE — Voting will be a bit different this year, according to Anderson County Elections Administrator Casey Brown, but the deadline to register to vote in upcoming elections is still the same.

Eligible Texans who are not registered to vote must register by Oct. 7, to be able to vote in the Nov. 5 election. Early voting runs from Oct. 21 through Nov. 1. Voters who do show up to the polls in November will be required to present photo identification to cast a ballot.

“We are working to make sure our voters understand the new ID requirements and have all the information they need to cast their ballots,” Brown stated in release emailed to the Herald-Press this week.

Thanks to a state law passed in 2011, Texas voters are now required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at local polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:

• a Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);

• a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;

• a Texas personal identification card issued by DPS;

• a Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS;

• a U.S. military identification card containing the voter’s photograph;

• a U.S. citizenship certificate containing the voter’s photograph; or

• a U.S. passport;

Brown said 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. Voters voting by mail are not required to include photo ID. Residents can obtain an election identification certificate by visiting the DPS website,  

“We are also encouraging voters to update their voter registrations to reflect the names on their IDs,” Brown said. “Voters may use IDs that do not exactly match the name on their IDs if the names are substantially similar but will have to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person.

“By preparing now, voters can help make sure voting goes smoothly when it comes time for the election.”

To check the status of or update a voter registration, voters can visit the website, or call 903 723-7855.

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in August against the state of Texas, the Secretary of State and the director of the state’s Department of Public Safety over the voter identification law. The Department is also filing a motion to intervene as a party in a redistricting case in the state.

Text Only
Local News
  • Palestine man arrested for sexual assault of a child

    A 39-year-old Palestine man remains in the Anderson County Jail after his arrest last week for a sexual assault of a child warrant stemming from an outcry made by a teen-aged girl on July 7.

    July 22, 2014

  • State politicos back Perry's move to send troops to the border

    Gov. Rick Perry's decision Monday to activate and deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure the Texas-Mexico border has been met by much applause from Texas's political leadership, including current Agriculture Commissioner and Palestine native Todd Staples, U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling and others.

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-19-SAT-Shrek.jpg Doug Smith discusses role as reluctant hero in 'Shrek: The Musical'

    Palestine's Doug Smith has come full circle with the Palestine Community Theatre.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nichols appointed to Texas Senate Finance Committee

    This week, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) was appointed to serve on the Texas State Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with writing the biennial budget for the state of Texas.

    July 19, 2014

  • Historical marker dedication to honor William Freeman today

    The Anderson County Historical Commission will dedicate a Texas Historical Marker to former Douglass School principal William Freeman during a dedication service today.

    July 19, 2014

  • 14th PJSL Back to School Fair slated for Aug. 2

    With the start of the school year pulling back into focus, the Palestine Junior Service League will once again be offering free haircuts and backpacks to children this fall during the 14th annual Back to School Fair.

    July 19, 2014

  • Our Town: PRCIL hosting resource services fair

    Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living will host a Community Resource Fair this month to connect, strengthen and support individuals living in Anderson and surrounding counties by providing necessary information about many services available in the community.

    July 18, 2014

  • 7-18-walden-pond-view.jpg Palestine High School teacher presents paper at Thoreau Society Gathering

    Palestine High School teacher Karen Buckland recently returned from a trip to “Walden Pond,” the home of American author Henry David Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts, and was able to make a presentation there.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Texas' annual Sales Tax Holiday set Aug. 8 to 10

    Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state's annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 to Aug. 10.

    July 17, 2014

  • Hunter Education Class set Aug. 4-6 in Palestine

    Are you going hunting for the first time this fall?

    A required Texas Hunter Education class will be held Aug. 4-6 in Palestine. Anyone born after Sept. 2, 1971 must have a Hunter Safety Certificate to hunt in Texas. Students must be at least 9 years of age or older to receive certification and it is good for life.

    July 17, 2014