What forms of ID must I bring with me when I vote?
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that the Texas Voter ID law be reinstated. We will post information about this appeal as we get it.
For more information, see this article from The Texas Tribune.
According to the Texas Tribune article, the Supreme Court appeal will not affect the November 8, 2016, election. If that is the case, the voter ID requirements below are in effect for this election.
If you are registered and present one of the forms of photo ID listed below, you may vote without doing anything further.
If you are a registered voter but do not have one of the forms of photo ID listed above and have difficulty obtaining one, you may sign a one-page form (called the Voter's Declaration of Reasonable Impediment or Difficulty). You must then present one of the following supporting documents, and you may vote using a regular (not provisional) ballot:
The parties to the lawsuit reached an agreement concerning acceptable forms of identification, and it was put into place for this election.
For more information about the Appeals Court ruling, click here.
On September 20, 2016, the District Court entered an additional order that the State of Texas must change the wording of press releases, posters, flyers, training materials, and online sources of information to accurately reflect the previous court order concerning photo ID.
The plaintiffs had argued that some of the materials published by the state were misleading, in that they stated that voters who "could not obtain" photo ID would be allowed to present alternate forms of ID in order to vote.
The previous court order said that voters who " 'do not possess an acceptable form of photo identification and cannot obtain one due to a reasonable impediment' may vote after signing the Reasonable Impediment Declaration." The state must change printed and online materials to reflect that wording.