“I am excited about the growth we have seen statewide in voter registrations since March,” stated Andrade. “Texans recognize the importance of this election and are already exercising their right to vote in record numbers during early voting.”
More than 2 million registered Texans cast a ballot during the first eight days of the early-voting period, which ended Friday, Oct. 31.
“The convenience of early voting continues to be something Texans appreciate,” said Andrade. “It is not too late to take advantage of early voting and avoid what may be long lines on Nov. 4.”
Additionally, Andrade reminded voters what they can expect when they get to the polling place:
- Each polling location should be accessible to voters with disabilities and include at least one accessible voting system.
- If a voter presents a voter registration certificate, he will not be required to show another form of I.D. If, however, a voter does not have a voter registration certificate with him, he may still vote if he provides another form of identification. A list of acceptable forms of identification is available at www.votexas.org and includes:
o A driver license or personal identification card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety;
o A form of identification that contains a photograph and establishes the voter’s identity;
o A birth certificate or other document that confirms birth and is admissible in a court of law to establish identity;
o U.S. citizenship papers;
o A U.S. passport;
o Official mail addressed to the voter by name from a governmental entity;
o A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address;
- If a voter’s name does not appear on the list of registered voters, he still has a right to cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted once it is determined the voter is eligible to vote.
Secretary Andrade said that her office is committed to protecting voting rights and encourages Texans to call the voter hotline at: 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) if they have questions or concerns about the voting process.