If you’re gonna vote in Texas, you gotta have a photo identification in hand—it’s a new law. Most residents already have an acceptable form of photo ID needed for voting such as driver’s license; personal ID card; passport book or card; concealed handgun license; military ID with photo; or U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo. However, if you don’t have one of those forms of ID, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants you to know that Election Identification Certificates are available at all Texas driver license offices and they’re free to qualifying applicants.
To qualify for an EIC, an applicants must: bring documentation to verify U.S. citizenship and ID; be eligible to vote in Texas; be a Texas resident; and be 17 years of age and 10 months or older. The EIC is valid for six years, and there’s no expiration for citizens 70 or older. The EIC can only be used for voting, and may not be used as a personal ID.
The 2014 primary election in Texas is March 4, with early voting from February 18 - 28. The last day to register to vote in the 2014 primary election is Monday, Feb. 3.