Travis County officials, organizations educate voters on ID law

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalists JOHN FISHER & SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on October 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 9:42 AM

AUSTIN -- Time is ticking for Dana DeBeauvoir and her team at the Travis County Clerk's Office.

"We don't know what to expect," DeBeauvoir said. 

The new Texas voter ID law requiring people show one of seven approved photo IDs to cast their vote will be in effect for the Nov. 5 election.

At best guess DeBeauvoir says 37,000 people in Travis County will have a problem at the polls.

"Women with names who have changed, who have gotten married potentially are affected, the elderly, disabled folks, people who are in rural areas, poor people. There are just a lot of categories of folks that might be affected," DeBeauvoir said.

Those people may be affected because the name on your photo ID has to be "substantially similar" to the name on your registration card, and your ID can't be expired.

DeBeauvoir says people need to check the name on their ID with the name on their yellow voter's registration card. The easiest fix for names that don't match registration cards is to contact the Elections Office for a name change.

Teddy McDaniel and the Austin Area Urban League are among a handful of organizations helping Travis County officials get the word out and explain options.

The seven acceptable forms of photo ID are: 

  • State of Texas issued Driver's License
  • State of Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • State of Texas issued Personal Identification Card
  • State of Texas issued Concealed Handgun License
  • United States issued Military ID
  • United States issued Citizenship Certificate
  • United States Passport

"If you are not eligible [for a driver's license] or don't have that approved ID, you can apply for an election identification certificate," said McDaniel.

At Austin Community College's Eastview Campus, volunteers can print voters a certificate in one visit.

Various voting information sessions are scheduled through October. 

From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday Oct. 7, 2013, voters can go to:

  • UT Flawn Academic Center, 2400 Inner Campus Dr., West Mall
  • Fiesta Stassney, 5510 South IH -35
  • HEB Rundberg, 9414 N. Lamar Blvd. (tentative)

From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013, voters can go to:

  • Austin Area Urban League, 8011a Cameron Rd, Suite 100
  • ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, 78702 Building 2000, Student Lounge
  • ACC Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd, 78741 Bldg. G, Student Lounge
  • Fiesta Central, 3909 N IH- 35

 

Every Saturday through Nov. 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., people can get an election identification certificate at the following Department of Public Safety offices: 

  • DPS Austin Northwest, 13730 Research Blvd, 512-506-2835
  • DPS Austin-Pflugerville, 216 Wells Branch Pkwy, 512-486-2600
  • DPS Austin South, 6425 South IH-35, #180, 512-444-5241

"We've really done the best we can with very little time and of course no money at all," said DeBeauvoir. 

If someone has a problem on Election Day, they will be allowed to submit a provisional ballot. A person will then have until Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm to show a correct ID at the Voter Registrar's Office.

The deadline to register to vote is October 7, 2013.

Go here for more information on the voter ID law.

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