How to vote in Texas without a photo ID — May 2017 Elections

By Michael Ybarra, Voter Protection Volunteer Leader

The state of Texas has made it easier for more Texans to vote by expanding the types of identification that a voter can present at the polls!

If you don’t have a photo ID (reminder of the accepted forms of photo ID here), you’ll just need to fill out a short form stating the reason why you haven’t been able to get one and swearing that you are who you say you are.

Then you can present any government document that lists your name and address. A copy of the document will do, unless it has a photo, in which case be sure to bring the original. Poll workers cannot question or challenge you regarding your lack of a photo ID.

If you don’t have a photo ID, bring one of these documents to the polls:

  • Voter registration certificate (the card mailed to you shortly after you register to vote)
  • Certified birth certificate (original)
  • Current utility bill (copy or original)
  • Bank statement (copy or original)
  • Government check (copy or original)
  • Paycheck (copy or original)

Election poll workers are prohibited by law from challenging your reason for being unable to obtain a photo ID.

Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to showing ID at the polls.

Ready to vote? Don’t forget the dates:

Click here to confirm you have an election and find your polling place, then vote early April 24 – May 2.

Miss early voting? Make a plan to vote on election day: Saturday, May 6.

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Types of accepted ID

Source: Texas Secretary of State