I voted last week and as I walked out of the polling location I had an epiphany. Voting in Texas is as easy as it ever was for me. However I realized that some people may be struggling to figure out the new Texas Voter ID law. Below I've shared my perspective and I can only hope that it's helpful to potential voters ahead of the November 4th vote.
More helpful perspective from the office of the Secretary of State.
Don't let ignorance cost you your vote!
When you think of the Texas voter ID law, think money. As a proud member of Generation X, I have trouble accurately processing anything that can't be spelled out ''XYZ''. This is why the Texas voter ID law is more enigmatic than pragmatic.
When you think of a Texas photo ID think money. Why? Because any ID you can use to vote, indirectly involves money to be made or spent.
*A driver's license: think of driving, gas costs you money and you drive to work (to make money) everyday.
*To cash a check: after you've worked 40 or 80 hours you need an ID to cash your paycheck and most banks will ask for your drivers license without fail.
*If you want to write a check you will need to present your drivers license along with the check in question.
*If you are in a circumstance where you do not have a valid drivers license the next viable option is a Texas ID card.
This ID card identifies you as a legal resident of Texas. If you do not possess
a valid Texas drivers license, a Texas ID card will be acceptable in lieu of the drivers license. In essence, it all revolves around money! If you want to make money or receive money you need identification. Think about that as you go to the polls, take the ID cards that you would use either presenting, receiving or making any monetary transaction. This is acceptable voter identification!
Now let's be real here for a second...
Most voters like myself never used their voter registration card anyway! I'm an early voter and I have always used my drivers license at the polling place. So for, me the Texas voter ID law doesn't affect me at all. Some politicians would argue that there are sectors of people grossly affected by the law. If this is true, what we must do to rectify any potential
endangerment or injury to potential voters is simply ensure that all voters have access to acceptable identification.
If not a driver's license, a Texas ID card. Other forms of acceptable ID include: a Texas DPS issue conceal handgun license or a passport. A passport is indicative of traveling, which also involves money. There is no traveling a person does without cost. If you will need a passport to travel, you will certainly need money...THINK money when you think of the Texas voter ID laws in 2014.
To summarize this, simply ignore the political rhetoric surrounding the Texas voter ID law and ask yourself this pertinent question: ''what's in your wallet?'' Do you have a valid Texas driver's license or Texas ID card? Most people over the age of 18 possess one or the other. Don't fall for any political rhetoric or white noise (saying nothing at all), simply go to the polls an educated voter and take either your: Texas ID card, drivers license, US Passport, Texas DPS issued CHL or other form of approved ID. You only need one!
Strangely, this has actually simplied the voting process so ignore those who try and make it too difficult!
Acceptable forms of voter ID (as prescribed by the office of the Texas Secretary of State)
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