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Texas' Discriminatory Voter ID Law to Take Effect "Immediately"


by: Nick Hudson

Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:25 AM CDT


The stringent Texas voter ID law Rick Perry  signed into law in 2011 is "immediately" in effect in light of Tuesday's decision by the US Supreme Court that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is Unconstitutional, according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas Secretary of State, John Steen.

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The voter ID law, which would have required display of photo identification before a voter was permitted to cast a vote, failed to gain "preclearance" last year. Judges had ruled that it was discriminatory and would impose "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor." The State of Texas' own data showed that the law would have a disporportionate impact on hispanic voters.

Read the Secretary of State's Announcement, which includes a list of the identification required to vote, below the fold.

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AUSTIN, TX - Texas Secretary of State John Steen today announced that photo identification will now be required when voting in Texas elections. His announcement follows a decision Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court that cleared the way for photo ID requirements in Texas, originally passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, to take effect.

"My office is committed to making sure Texans have all the information they need to vote, including what forms of identification they need now that photo ID requirements are in effect," said Secretary Steen.

A voter 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 license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person's photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
  • United States passport
  • 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.

Election identification certificates are now available only for voters who do not already have a required form of photo identification. There is no fee for the certificate. Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate can be found at www.dps.texas.gov. You may also contact DPS by telephone at (512) 424-2600.

To review frequently asked questions and answers, visit www.votetexas.gov.



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