HOUSTON, TX - State Representative Dwayne Bohac reminds voters that a photo ID will be required to vote in the upcoming November 5, 2013 Joint Election. Rep. Bohac was a cosponsor of Texas’ landmark 2011 legislation to require Voter Photo ID that was designed to protect the integrity of the election process.
"In the 21st century, having to present a photo ID to vote just makes common sense. We're required to show a photo ID to board an airplane, open a bank account or visit our children's school. Protecting the integrity of our elections by requiring a photo ID is no different," Rep. Bohac said. "I am very proud to have strongly supported and worked hard on this issue throughout my time in the legislature.”
A voter will be required to show one of the following seven forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a ballot:
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
Early Voting is underway for the 2013 Joint Election in Harris County and will continue through Friday, November 1. This election includes several local municipalities, school districts, a community college and utility districts, as well as voting on nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution and two propositions for Harris County. During early voting, all eligible voters can cast their ballot at any of the 40 early voting locations throughout Harris County. If voters wait until Election Day, they must vote in the precinct to which they are registered.
"Our system of government works best when informed voters are actively engaged in civic affairs," Rep. Bohac said. "I encourage all registered voters to join me in participating in this vitally important election. There are nine Constitutional Amendments, including Proposition 6, which will help secure a long-term water supply for Texas. Constitutional amendments are subject to the approval of the voters and help shape the future of the State of Texas, and voters should make their voices heard."
For more detailed information and resources regarding the Texas Constitutional Amendments, please visit the Texas Legislative Council's website.
On November 6, 2012, Representative Dwayne Bohac was re-elected to represent House District 138. He is a lifelong district resident.