AUSTIN (KXAN) - Early voting kicks off Monday morning and for the first time voters will need to present a photo ID like a Texas driver’s license.
The Travis County Clerk does not expect a big turnout for this election since there are no big statewide or national offices on the ballot - making it difficult to gauge if the photo ID law will decrease turnout.
Right now there are two big concerns – senior citizens not having the proper valid ID and those who have a name that may not be the same on the voter role and driver’s license.
For example, those who have a nickname on the voter role and their legal name on their drivers license or women who were recently married but haven’t had an opportunity to change their driver’s license.
The Travis County Clerk said that doesn’t mean you can’t vote.
"We're looking at the totality - does your picture look like you, do you have the same birthday, do you have the same address. All of those factors on whether your driver’s license matches the voter registration record," said Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County Clerk.
Senior citizens may also want to check their driver’s license to make sure it hasn’t expired.
"Double check your drivers license, especially if you have quit driving see if you let it expire, If you have then you will have to update your drivers license or vote by mail," said DeBeauvoir.
Those wishing to vote by mail can do so without having a photo ID - they have to be over 65, disabled, out of the county during the voting period, or in jail but not convicted of a crime.
Applying to vote by mail lasts until Friday, October 25th.
TX Driver’s License issued by DPS
TX Personal ID card issued by DPS
TX concealed handgun license issued by DPS
US military ID card showing your photo
US Certificate of Citizenship or US Certificate of Naturalization showing your photo
US passport book or card
Election ID Certiﬁcate (EIC) issued by DPS
Early voting runs until November 1st. Election Day is November 5th.
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