The 2016 Primary Elections are tomorrow and Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan reminds registered voters to bring an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) to vote in person, or they will have to vote provisionally.
“We have more than 2.1 million registered voters in Harris County, and I want every registered voter to understand the photo ID process,” said Sullivan. “All registered voters who are voting in person must present an acceptable photo ID to vote.”
A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo ID at the polling location before they will be permitted to cast a vote:
· 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 license to carry a handgun 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
If a voter does not present an acceptable form of photo ID when voting in person, they will be permitted to vote provisionally. After voting, they have the opportunity to present an acceptable photo ID to cure their vote at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office by March 7, 2016. The cure process only applies to registered voters who vote provisionally and did not present an acceptable form of photo ID.
“Registered voters who do not have any form of photo ID and have a qualifying disability may apply for a permanent exemption at my office,” said Mr. Sullivan.
To receive this permanent exemption, the registered voter must provide one of the following:
– Documentation from the U.S. Social Security Administration verifying the individual has a disability
– Documentation from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs verifying the individual has a disability rating of at least 50 percent
Photo ID Exemption applications can be found at any Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office branch location and can be submitted in person at the branch location, fax at 713-368-2309, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail at P.O. Box 3527, Houston, TX 77253.
For more information about photo ID, exemptions or the cure process, please visit www.hctax.net.