Politics

Texas Issues Only 41 Free Voter IDs To The 1.4 Million Texans Unable To Vote In November

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

As of Monday, voters in the state of Texas must show a government-issued photo identification in order to vote.

Modest estimates say the voter ID law will suppress two to three percent of registered voters from casting a ballot in November, according to ThinkProgress. Women, students, minorities and low-income voters are expected to be hit the hardest.

Voters are allowed to apply for a Election Identification Certificate (EIC) if they do not have a current Texas driver’s license, personal I.D., concealed handgun license, passport, or military I.D., U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization. ID’s must be “unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety issues an EIC, if the resident can prove their identity and citizenship.

While 1.4 million eligible voters in Texas don’t have an acceptable form of I.D., the department only issued 41 new cards statewide as of last week. That’s only .003 percent of eligible voters. The other 99.997 percent don’t have an ID ahead of the Nov. 5 election.

The DPS received 930 inquiries about EIC’s, many of which were from people who already have approved ID to vote but thought it might not be enough, according to the Dallas Morning News, which does not endorse the voter ID law in Texas.

Nov. 5 is the first Texas election since the Supreme Court shot down key elements of the Voting Rights Act.

Sources: Dallas Morning News, ThinkProgress