Ask the editor: What do I need to vote in Texas?


The May elections are around the corner, and most Texas residents who plan to vote will need to bring one of several forms of photo identification.

Under Senate Bill 5, which was adopted into law in 2017, acceptable forms of ID include a Texas driver’s license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal ID card, Texas License to Carry a handgun, U.S. citizenship certificate with photo, U.S. military ID card with photo or a U.S. passport. For voters between ages 18-69, the ID cannot be expired for more than four years. For voters 70 and older, the ID is still acceptable for voting purposes regardless of how long it has been expired.

Voters who cannot reasonably obtain one of those forms of ID can still vote if they fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present one of the following documents: a birth certificate; a current utility bill; a bank statement; a government check; a paycheck; or any government document with a name, address and Voter Registration Certificate.

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Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.
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