With recent changes to voting procedures in place, Glenda Denton, Rockwall County elections administrator, is spreading the word throughout the county, reminding voters that photo identification is now required in order to vote in person.
“In Rockwall County, we are working to make sure our voters understand the new ID requirements and have all the information they need to cast their ballots,” Denton said.
Under the new guidelines, voters are now required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at polling locations:
• Texas driver license, issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
• Texas election identification certificate, issued by the DPS
• Texas personal identification card, issued by the DPS
• Texas concealed handgun license, issued by the DPS
• United State military ID card, with photograph
• United State citizenship certificate, with photograph
• United States passport
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, all other forms of identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. This photo ID requirement is for all voters casting ballots in person, not those voting by mail.
Voters age 65 and older may vote by mail.
In an effort to make things as easy as possible, voters are urged to update their voter registration to reflect the name displayed on their identification. Voters may use a form of ID with a name that is not an exact match, but are required to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person, as long as the name is substantially similar.
“By preparing now, voters can help make sure voting goes smoothly when it comes time for the election,” Denton said.
Voters may look up and update their registration information at votetexas.gov. Voter registration information may also be found on the county elections website at rockwallcountytexas.com. Voters can also call 972-204-6200 to update or check registration info.
For more information about photo ID requirements, including exemptions, visit votetexas.gov. For those voters with no other form of photo ID, information on how to obtain an election identification certificate can be found at dps.tx.gov.