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August 27, 2014 | 4,324 views | 19 comments

AUSTIN -- “We are deeply concerned that eligible voters could be disenfranchised this November and we urge the Secretary of State to expand her efforts to provide Election Identification Certificates to voters who need them,” according to Elaine Wiant, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

The League and its partners recommend that the state provide mobile ID stations in each of the major metropolitan areas (Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, McAllen, and San Antonio) for at least seven days, including at least two weekend days, between now and Election Day. Additional locations outside of the major metropolitan areas including rural communities should also be provided to adequately respond to the needs of Texas voters.

The state had previously estimated that a substantial number of registered Texas voters -- between 600,000 and 800,000 -- lack an approved form of photo ID.

The November 2014 election is the first major election under the Texas photo ID requirement. To be accepted, the ID must be current or expired no more than 60 days, and be one of the following:

•Texas driver license, personal ID card, concealed carry license, or election identification certificate, or

•United States passport, military ID, citizenship or naturalization certificate

Photo IDS that cannot be accepted at the polls include out-of-state driver licenses, employer IDs, and school IDs.

Voters without acceptable ID will be able to vote a provisional ballot and provide ID within six days of the election.

An Election Identification Certificate can be obtained by voters without one of the other acceptable IDs by providing proof of citizenship and identity at Texas Department of Public Safety offices.
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
September 2, 2014 6:11am
 
Johnny Partain .. Have you considered passing out Pepsi at your campaign rallies ? LOL The saga continues. What's next, the convening of the Commissioner's Court at a TDC facility ?

 
squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
September 1, 2014 2:44pm
 
I wonder if the purity of the Democrat party voting records matches the purity level of the cocaine being passed out for votes in HidaLgo county ?

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
September 1, 2014 2:33pm
 
MyOpinion ... I am so glad that you questioned what you referred to as 'conservative propaganda' about the democrat political machine that existed in Duval county for years. Just a bunch of right wing lies. LOL Never forget ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
September 1, 2014 10:58am
 
My Opinion, What are the two main organizations who are fighting the hardest to get the 'dis-enfranchised' the right to vote without having to get a government photo ID card? You guessed it ... LULAC and the NAACP. LULAC ... More ›

 
MyOpinion  
Floresville  
September 1, 2014 7:11am
 
Hey Marcy - you should quit spreading fallacies such as most democrats vote multiple times, including the dead ones. This is propaganda passed on by the conservative party to scare older white people. What about the elderly ... More ›

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 31, 2014 12:08pm
 
Elaine Wiant, Several points (or queries). How do you know that there are 600-800 thousand registered voters without government photo ID? If the state said so, how do they know? How did those folks register in the first ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 31, 2014 8:51am
 
Muse... Are you and Lois keeping company ? LOL

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 29, 2014 2:59pm
 
Muse ... "New Guy ... It's getting close to the time that we need to put Nana in a home. :-)" This is a copy of the comment to which you are referring. We were discussing democrats and I was referring ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 29, 2014 12:37pm
 
I am still confused about why you are referring to Nancy (whoever that is) in remarks directed to me. Who the hell is Nancy and what does she have to do with me?

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 29, 2014 10:42am
 
Well, that's a good story. The remark was directed to New Guy - yet my name, not his, was on it? Did you previously work for the IRS - in charge of e-mails?

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