BURNET, Texas (KXAN) - After controversy and court challenges, Texas' voter ID law is going into effect. Whether you like the law or not, it could mean big changes for you at the ballot box this November.
Burnet County election workers are already rolling out an educational campaign for voters with presentations like the one before county commissioners Tuesday morning.
They are telling people what counts as a "photo ID" and what they can do to get the right items to be able to vote. Then officials will begin training the people heading up the polls this election.
"We're small enough that I can usually train the poll workers myself, so I look forward to training them in the new provisions of the law,” said Barbara Agnew, Burnet County elections coordinator.
If you plan to vote in November in Texas, you will need one of these forms of photo ID to vote: a driver's license, a military ID, proof of citizenship, a passport, or an election ID, personal ID card, or a concealed handgun license issued by DPS.
The law has had a long road ahead of this year's election. In 2011, Texas lawmakers tightened the state's voter ID law by requiring a photo ID. But the Justice Department rejected the law, saying it hurt minority voters.
This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Justice Department's ability to reject the law. Soon after, State Attorney General Greg Abbott said photo ID requirements would “take effect immediately.”
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