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Secretary of State Steen announces the beginning of early voting for November 5th Constitutional Amendment Election

October 16, 2013
Contact: Alicia Pierce
512/ 463-5770

AUSTIN, TX – Secretary of State John Steen announced early voting for the Nov. 5, 2013, Constitutional Amendment election begins Monday, Oct. 21, and runs through Friday, Nov. 1.

“Early voting is a way for Texas voters to cast a ballot at a time and location that may be more convenient than waiting for Election Day,” said Secretary Steen. “It’s one more way Texans can participate in the process and make their mark on Texas.”

Texas voters may vote at any early voting location in the same county as their voter registration.

This will be the first statewide election with photo ID requirement in effect for in-person voting.

“I encourage all Texans to check now to make sure they have the required photo ID if they plan to vote in person,” said Secretary Steen.

Many Texans already have an approved form of photo ID. The seven forms of approved ID are:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place. Information about obtaining an election identification certificate is available at the DPS website.

The Nov. 5 statewide ballot consists of nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Voters may also see a number of local initiatives and races on the ballot. Voters in State House District 50 will vote in a special election for state representative.

For complete information about where and when to vote, and information on photo ID requirements, please visit VoteTexas.gov.