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Sep 18, 2013 6:48 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Nueces County Voter ID Preparations

CORPUS CHRISTI - A lawsuit has been filed in federal court here to try and block the state's new voter ID law which requires voters to present an ID.

The groups filing that lawsuit claim the law is discriminatory because it creates barriers to voting. Meanwhile, election officials here in Nueces County say they're assuming the law will remain in effect as they prepare for November.

So come November you will also need a valid photo id to cast your ballot. The county says the types of IDs that will be accepted are a Texas Drivers licence, a concealed handgun licence, a Texas identification card, military licenses, a citizenship certificate, or your passport.

If you don't have a valid picture ID to use at the polls the county says that's ok. You can go to the DPS office with your birth certificate in hand and get a voter ID. The county says they are free of charge. The DPS offices will be open every Saturday from 10-2 until November 5th so people can get one if needed. On Saturdays the office will only be open to issue voter IDs, nothing else.

"The perception that maybe some people have is that I don't have my ID, I can't vote. Yes you can still come in to vote. We will not deny anybody to vote in person. There are other things we can do if you were to show up without a picture ID," said Election Manager Rochelle Limon.

The county says you could vote provisionally. Meaning when you do vote you would get this paper. Then you will have six days to go to the courthouse and show a valid photo ID. If not your vote will not be counted.

"I think that it's really going to stress out our elderly. I think that they're gonna feel like ok I can't vote anymore," said Limon.

But the county says that's not true either. Elderly can request to vote by mail. To qualify a person has to be 65 years of age or older, have a disability, be out of the county during the voting period, or in jail.

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