Nov 4, 2013 3:18 PM by Sara Donchey

Officials Remind Voters to Bring ID to the Polls Tomorrow

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Election day is tomorrow, and it will be the first time voters will need to show identification at the polls.

Local officials say that during last week's early voting period, there were no major issues with the new requirements.

Rochelle Minion of the election manager for the Nueces County Clerk's office recognized there was some confusion, however, about how a name appears on voters' Ids.

"The usual confusion is the similar name," Limon said. "Whether or not their full name appears on their voter registration, if there's a different type of name that comes out on the voter registration and what's listed on their Texas drivers license."

If a name on an ID and the name used to register to vote aren't exactly the same, the person can still vote, but is going to have to take some extra steps.

He or she would have to sign two separate forms - or name affidavits - that confirm that person's identity.

If the name on the ID is drastically different from the name used to register, your vote may not be counted until the voter can show a second, or even third, ID.

A current state-issued drivers license, personal ID card, voter ID card, or Texas concealed handgun license will all work.

United States military photo IDs, citizen certificates and passports also qualify as acceptable forms of identification.

To make life easier on election day, officials say more is better. Having both a state-issued photo ID in addition to a voter identification card could make things run a lot more smoothly at the polls.

"That is the perfect voter," Limon said. "That's what we want to see out there in the polling locations. It's not necessary, but it would help the voter pass through very quickly."

Even if you don't have an ID on election day, you can still vote, so long as you plan to get one.

You'll be given a provisional ballot, but it won't be counted unless you return with proper ID within six days and is approved by a voter ballot board.


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