Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
For people interested in becoming a registered voter but lack the proper identification, there is an opportunity headed your way.
The Texas Department of Public Safety will have four of its Election Identification Certificates mobile units in Orange County from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 adjacent to each of the four voting locations.
“These mobile units will allow people to get their Election Identification Certificates on site each of these days,” said Tina Barrow, Orange County Election Administrator. “We are the only area in Southeast Texas getting these units, so it is a great opportunity for people to take advantage of and get these certificates, even if they aren’t voting in the constitutional amendment election.”
Barrow said there is one mobile unit being stationed in each election precinct either adjacent or near the election site.
The early voting site in Precinct 1 is at the City of Orange Public Library at 220 N. Fifth St. in Orange. The mobile unit will be here as well.
In Precinct 2, the early voting location is inside City Hall in Bridge City and the DPS mobile unit will be stationed next door at the Public Works Building.
The early voting location in Precinct 3 is at the Raymond Gould Community Center in Vidor. The DPS mobile unit will be place literally next door, in the same building, at the UTMB Clinic.
In Precinct 4, the early voting location is inside First Baptist Church in Mauriceville, and the DPS mobile unit will be located there as well.
“These mobile units will make it easier for people to vote who do not have any official identification,” Barrow added. “But you are going to have to prove who you are, so you will need other documentation like a birth certificate.”
In the State of Texas, voters must show photo identification to vote in elections, unless you meet a qualification for exemption, such as voting by mail or having a documented disability which must be approved by the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption.
If a person currently has one of the following forms of identification, then you are not eligible for an Election Identification Certificate. Approved sources of identification include:
• Texas driver license—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
• Texas personal identification card—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
• Texas concealed handgun license—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
• U.S. passport book or card—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
• U.S. Military identification with photo—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
• U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo
To qualify for an Election Identification Certificate, you must:
• Bring documentation to the office to verify your U.S. Citizenship
• Bring documentation to the office to verify your Identity
• Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring your valid voter registration card to the office, or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety at the office)
• Be a Texas resident
• Be 17 years and 10 months or older
An Election Identification Certificate is valid for six years. There is no expiration date for certificates issued to people who are 70 years of age or older.
Call the Orange County Election Administration office at 409-882-7973 during normal business hours for more information on EICs. An EIC may also be obtained at the DPS office on State Highway 87 in Orange during normal business hours.