The new voter I.D. law requires a driver’s license, military I.D., citizenship certificate, passport, personal I.D. or even a concealed handgun license when you go to the polls.
Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart says most people don’t really plug into elections until it’s time to vote, so billboards are being erected to raise awareness.
“Billboards are a fantastic way to communicate to the citizens of Harris County. As you know, we are required to do this — our elections — in all four languages. And so we want to make sure that every person in Harris County gets the right to vote.”
The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 7th, and the first day of early voting is Monday, October 21st. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.
“Messaging is that you must have a photo I.D. to vote. If you’re not registered now, please get registered. You have to be registered 30 days before. If you show up on Election Day without an I.D., you’re going to be allowed to vote provisionally. And if you come down to the tax office within six days an present a photo I.D., you will be able to have your ballot actually counted.”
Stanart says if you’re over 65, you don’t have to have a photo I.D. if you vote by mail.
“So anybody who is out of the county for the duration of early voting and Election Day and votes by mail — they do not have to use a photo I.D.”
The informational billboards will be scattered in Harris County, in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.