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Validating Voters

Early voting begins Monday for the Constitutional Amendment Election held on November 5th. Texomans will vote on nine amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature, but this election will be the first in the state where voters will be required to have valid photo identification. Without a proper I.D., voters will only be able to cast a provisional ballot.

Here are 7 types of photo I.D.s' that wil be accepted:

1)      Texas Driver's License

2)      Texas Election Identification (issued by the Department of Public Safety)

3)      Identification Card (issued by the Department of Public Safety)

4)      Texas Concealed Handgun License

5)      Military Identification Card (with photograph)

6)      U.S. Citizen Certificate (with photograph)

7)      U.S. Passport

The Texas Voter Identification Law was ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, but it has generated a lot controversy.

Opponents of this law say it's discriminatory and unconstitutional.

"I think it's a bad idea. Some of us here don't have a State I.D., but they should still let them vote," said Wichita Falls resident Arthur Bernhardt.

"They're taking out the constitution of our rights. We're supposed to be able to speak as people. There's some people that can't speak English that well or they can't write well" said Tammy Turner, a registered voter.

Others feel differently. Because I.D.s' are required for almost everything, they feel that voting should be that way too.

"What's the big deal? If you're gonna live here, get an I.D. Make it legitimate and make it legal," said registered voter Wanda Crawley.

Brian Cheatle, also a registered voter agrees. "You have to have a valid I.D. for a lot of things so it just verifies that you have the right to vote" he said.

"It's important that we have I.D.s' because there has been fraud in voting, and I think an I.D. would take care of that fraud," said Elizabeth Henderson, a registered voter.

Wichita County Clerk Lori Bohannon said voters can still show up to the polls without an I.D., but they must return with a valid photo I.D. within 6 days of casting their vote. Expired I.D.s' will not be accepted.

Qualified voters without an approved photo I.D. can obtain a free election identification card from the Department of Public Safety. Find out more at www.dps.texas.gov .


Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.

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