Wichita Falls, TX-
Texans have one week left to vote early in the Nov. 4 election. Early voting is Oct. 21 - 31.
One change voters need to be aware of for this election is Texas new Voter ID Law. For the last three years state law makers have been battling over this decision.
Democratics and minority groups against the state's new law believes it discriminates against Blacks and Hispanics. While the state and Republicans believe it will help cut down on voter fraud.
In 2011, the Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 14 -- creating a new requirement for voters to show voter identification when voting in person.
Prior to this law, the voter rights act required Texas along with eight other states to receive clearance from the Department of Justice or a federal court in Washington before making changes to voting regulations.
The state first seekedd clearance of the Voter Rights Act, but the law was blocked because justices believed it disproportianally he state seeked clearance in 2012, but the law was blocked because it disproportionally affected the poor and minorites. Despite that ruling, a year later, the Supreme Court struck down a part of the Voters Right Act that gave Texas and a few other states the green light to change its voting regulations.
However, since that ruling the DOJ hoped to find another provision which would require the state to go back under federal preclearance, but lost that fight two weeks ago and now Texans are required to present one of these forms of identification:
- A DPS issued drivers license
- A TX personal identification card
- A concealed handgun license
- A U.S issued passport
- A citizen certificate or a military identification card.
If you do not have one of these you can get an election identification certificate for free at a local DPS office
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