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Voter ID Bill Receives Minor Adjustments

SB 14 by Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Marble Falls), the bill requiring voters to present photo identification, was sent to conference committee. The conference committee report was filed on May 5 with minor changes to the bill.

Another form of voter identification, an election identification certificate, was added to the bill. Under the bill, the Department of Public Safety would be required to issue an election identification certificate that states a person is obtaining the certificate for the purpose of satisfying voter identification requirements and does not have another form of identification. A previous exemption for voters 70 years of age or older was omitted from the bill. Some of the requirements of the bill include:

  • The voter registrar in each county is to provide notice of the voter identification requirements with each voter registration certificate or renewal certificate;
  • Each county that maintains a website is to provide notice of the identification requirements in each language in which voter registration materials are available;
  • County clerk to post a copy of the identification requirements notice in a prominent location and in each language in which voter registration materials are available;
  • Notices shall be posted separately from other state and federal laws;
  • Requires each election clerk to complete part of a training relating to the approval of the acceptance and handling of identification provided by the voter to the election officer;
  • Each polling place shall post in a prominent place a list, in a specific format, of acceptable forms of identification;
  • Acceptable forms of identification:
  • A U.S. citizenship military identification card and with a person’s photograph that has not expired or that expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation; A driver’s license, election identification certificate, or personal identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that has not expired or that expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation; U.S. citizenship certificate that contains a person’s photograph; U.S. passport that has not expired or that expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation; A license to carry a concealed handgun issued to a person by DPS that has not expired no earlier than 60 days before the date of presentation.
  • Exemption to the required photo identification requirements:
  • If a person is disabled and the voter’s voter registration certificate contains the indication that the voter is exempt from the requirement to present identification requirements.

    The conference committee report has been adopted by the Senate and has been set on the House Items Eligible Calendar.