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Wed Jan 15, 2020, 12:17 AM

5. Texas rules re: no photo ID

As an election judge I have to be prepared to do this so here goes:

Person appears to vote, and states he/she has no photo ID. We do not ask them why they don't have one, we take their word for it. What they have to bring to the polls is either a utility bill, pay stub, or other official correspondence that was sent to them at the address which is in the voter registry. It has to be something besides the Registration Confirmation card. (we already know the person is registered if they are in the poll book) We have an affadavit which prints up when we check them in, they sign it and we send it to the elections office (there is an envelope for that - there is always an envelope!) Voter gets a copy.

Now if they say they left it at home, or it is at the office or whatever then we send them right out the door to go home and get it. We can let them vote provisionally if there isn't time to do that and then they have to bring their ID to the Elections Office within 5 business days to "cure" the ballot.

This was one of the modifications to our Photo ID rules after the Veasey v Texas case was ruled. It has been a huge help. I have not had to deal with very many of the "have no ID" voters but at least we can let them vote.

The other one was much more significant: before Veasey v Texas, any ID that had been expired for over 60 days could not be accepted. Not so good for the person who quit driving and never bothered to exchange the DL for a State ID. (such as retired Speaker of the House Jim Wright - seriously he was told he could not vote because his license had been expired for more than 60 days. He had quit driving more than 2 years prior.)

After Veasey v Texas, the license/ID can be expired up to 4 years. This did away with a huge number of problems.

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