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Tuesday, November 5 is Election Day in Texas; early voting ended on Friday. Voters statewide will be making choices on amendments to the Texas Constitution. Many cities and communities will also ask voters to decide on bond issues and other local elections.

For the first time, voters will be required to show a photo ID before casting a ballot.

A recent Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for Texas to enforce voter identification laws and political maps that federal judges said discriminate against minorities.

DPS began issuing Election Identification Certificates in June to voters who don t already have an acceptable form of photo ID. Applications for the EIC are accepted at DPS driver license offices statewide.

If you already have any of the following documents, you can use it to use it to establish proof of residency:

  • Texas driver license unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • Texas personal identification card unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. passport book or card unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • Texas concealed handgun license unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. Military identification with photo unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo

To qualify for an EIC, applicants must be:

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A Texas resident;
  • Eligible to vote in Texas (show a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application when applying for the EIC); and
  • 17 years and 10 months or older

The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date of an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older.

The EIC can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.

Here are links and phone numbers to obtain information about when and where you can vote in your county, along with sample ballots for your precinct where available:

Is your county not listed? Do you have other questions? Check the Secretary of State's Vote Texas website for answers about registration, polling places and your rights as a voter.

You can also click here for a list of election officials in every Texas county for additional information.

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