Texas Voter: ID ready?
Go through these questions to determine if you have all you need to vote in the next election!

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Enter your full name *

Your information will remain confidential, and we will only use it to follow up with you about your voter ID needs.
 
Enter your phone number *

Your phone number will remain confidential, and we will only use it to contact you about your voter ID needs.
 
Are you registered to vote in Texas? *

The easiest way to check your voter registration status is through the Secretary of State website (http://tiny.cc/VoteRidersRegistration).



 
If you are not registered to vote or you cannot find your name in the voters' list right now, a Deputy Voter Registrar will follow up with you.

For now, you can check if you have an ID that will allow you to vote.

 
If don't know if you're registered to vote, VoteRiders will ask a Deputy Voter Registrar to follow up with you.

For now, you can check if you have an ID that will allow you to vote.

 
Is your current address the same as the address that’s in your voter registration? *

Again, this information is available through the Secretary of State website (http://tiny.cc/ VoteRidersRegistration).



 
Would you like to update your address on your voter registration right now? *

It’s necessary that you are registered in your current county of residence, and the address where you will be living at the time of the election should be the same as your address in the poll book.
     
 
One of our voter advocates will follow up with you on making sure your address is updated in the voter lists.

 
Remember you can only vote in the county and precinct as it appears in the voter registration records. That said, you can continue to see what kind of ID will allow you to vote.

 
Do you have any of these six IDs? *








 
Are you a voter with disabilities? *



 
Do you want to apply for a permanent exemption? *

Some voters with disabilities qualify for a permanent exemption to the photo voter ID requirement. However, you have to apply for this exemption by mailing a form to your county’s Voter Registrar office.
     
 
Do you have proof of either of the following...? *




 
It seems like you can apply for the permanent exemption. A voter advocate will follow up with you very soon.

 
Since you don't have the documents required to apply for the permanent exemption, you may have to obtain an Election ID Certificate or vote by mail...

 
Are you 65+ years of age? *



 
Are you interested in voting by mail? *

To be eligible to vote by mail in Texas, you must: be 65 years or older; have a disability; be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.


 
Do any of these apply to you? *




 
If your religious objection to being photographed is consistent, you may ask for a provisional ballot at the polls.

IMPORTANT: for your ballot to be counted you will then have to appear at the Voter Registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after Election Day to sign an affidavit swearing to your religious objection.


 
If you do not have any valid form of photo ID as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, you may ask for a provisional ballot at the polls.

IMPORTANT: for your ballot to be counted you will then have to appear at the Voter Registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after Election Day to sign an affidavit swearing to the natural disaster.


 
Great! Now, we have a few more questions about your TX Driver's License...

 
Great! Now, we have a few more questions about your TX Identification Card...

 
Great! Now, we have a few more questions about your TX Concealed Handgun License...

 
Great! Now, we have a few more questions about your U.S. Passport (book or card)...

 
Great! Now, we have a few more questions about your U.S. Military ID...

NOTE: For voting, your U.S. Military ID must have a picture.
 
Great! Now, we have a few more questions about your Naturalization Certificate...

NOTE: For voting, your Naturalization Certificate must have a photo.
 
Does your ID expire 60 days before the day you will vote? *

If voting on Election Day, the cut-off date is September 5th, 2014. If voting early, the cut-off date maybe as early as August 21st, 2014.



 
One of our voter advocates will follow up with you on the expiration date on your ID.

To be acceptable at the polls, your ID must be current or have expired recently (within 60 days from the day you vote).
 
If your ID is expired, you can choose from these options...
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Will you be able to renew your ID before the election? *

Remember the renewal process takes time, so start ASAP!

 
One of our voter advocates will follow up with you on how to renew your ID.

This should be a fairly simple process.
 
Does the name on your ID match exactly with your voter registration record? *

All names and letters match perfectly (no mispellings, no missing middle or former names). Name match will be key for a smooth path to the voting booth.

 
One of our voter advocates will follow up with you on whether your name on your ID and your voter registration match.

 
Is the name on your ID and the name on the registered voter list "substantially similar”? *

If the difference is more than a slight misspelling, a missing middle initial or former name, or the use of a customary name instead of the official one, the answer is no.

 
Which of the following three options would you like to take? *

Your name on your ID and on the voter registration list must match or at least be substantially similar.

 
One of our voter advocates will follow up with you on how to update your name on your voter registration.

This should be a fairly simple process.
 
One of our voter advocates will follow up with you on how to update your ID.

This process could be more complex, as it will require you to provide proof of your name change.
 
The poll worker may compare the photo on your ID with your current appearance.

However, the Secretary of State recommends an election worker use the “totality of the circumstances” by comparing not only your image, but your name, address and date of birth to determine if the voter’s ID is acceptable.
 
How much does the photo on your ID reflect the way you look now? *

Where 10 stars mean "Absolutely; nothing has changed," and 1 star means "Not at all; I look like a completely different person."










 
The photo on your ID should at least resemble your current appearance. It seems like it doesn't, which of the following options would you prefer? *


 
One of our voter advocates will follow up with you on how to update your ID.

This should be a fairly simple process.
 
Do you have an Election ID Certificate (EIC)? *

Voters who do not have any other acceptable expired ID can obtain a free Election ID Certificate issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
     
 
If you do not have any of the other six unexpired forms of identification acceptable to vote, you could apply for an Election ID Certificate.

These Election IDs are issued by the Department of Public Safety and are free of charge.

 
Do you want to apply for an Election ID Certificate (EIC)? *

Voters who do not have any other acceptable unexpired ID can obtain a free Election ID Certificate issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
     
 
Where were you born? *



 
Do you currently have any of these documents? *


 
Do you remember through which document you were given citizenship? *


 
You need a “primary” document to prove your citizenship. We have Attorney Voter Advocates who can help you to request it, but we will need some time to prepare to assist you.

 
In what City and State or Territory were you born? *

(i.e. Houston, TX)
 
Do you have an original or certified copy of your birth certificate? *

     
 
You need your birth certificate to prove your citizenship. We have Attorney Voter Advocates who can help you to request it, but we will need some extra information.

 
Do you have two of these supporting documents? *


 
Do you have your Voter Registration Certificate already? *

Your Voter Registration Certificate can count as a supporting document to obtain your EIC.


 
You may be asked to vote a provisional ballot if you...
(1) do not present an acceptable ID or a Voter Registration certificate with a permanent exemption notation,
(2) present an acceptable but expired ID,
(3) present an acceptable, unexpired ID showing a name not considered “substantially similar” by the election worker, OR
(4) present an acceptable, unexpired ID with a picture that the election worker considers does not look like you.


 
It is MUCH better to vote a regular rather than a provisional ballot. So it’s MUCH better to obtain the permanent disability exemption, update your name on the registered voters rolls, renew your ID, or secure an EIC. Even though these processes can be lengthy, they beat the post-election rushed timeline of provisional voting.

 
If you vote provisionally because of an ID-related issue, your ballot will be accepted only if, no later than the sixth calendar day after the election date, you go to the Voter Registrar’s office and:
(A) present an acceptable form of identification as described above;
(B) execute an affidavit for a temporary exemption temporary exemption because of religious objection to being photographed or because of a natural disaster in the presence of the Voter Registrar; OR
(C) submit a complete application for a permanent disability exemption to the Voter Registrar in person or through acceptable means of transmission under the Code.



 
Thank you so much for your dedication to your voting rights! Expect our call and/or email :)

You can leave any last question or comment you may have below. You can also skip this question.
 
Below there are four quick demographic questions. Your answers will help us keep our work relevant, but these are optional.

Please answer them :)
 
What's your race and/or ethnicity?


 
What's your gender?


 
What's your age range?


 
What's your primary language?


Thank you so much for taking the time to evaluate your voter ID needs!
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