Election 2016

Harris County Officials: Latest Ruling On Texas Voter ID Law Will Not Have Big Impact

County Clerk Stan Stanart says his office will update election workers on the interim plan reached after the ruling from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Harris County officials are confident the latest judicial development regarding the Texas Voter ID Law will not have a big impact on the November 8th election.
Harris County officials are confident the latest judicial development regarding the Texas Voter ID Law will not have a big impact on the November 8th election.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, the county’s top election official, is confident the latest developments regarding the Texas voter ID law will not significantly impact the November 8th election.

Stanart attended a meeting of the Harris County Election Board and afterwards said his office will update the training of election workers because on November 8th voters will not necessarily have to bring any of the seven state-issued forms of photo ID.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

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They would still need to provide some form of identification, but those who lack a state-issued photo ID will be able to use, for example, a bank statement or a current utility bill, according to an interim plan approved by a federal judge.

That is because the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against the Texas photo-ID law.

Stanart says he is confident that most voters in Harris County are ready because they “have shown, since photo ID has been in existence, that they do bring their photo IDs.”

“There’s a very small number that do not have the ID and the issue typically is they forgot it,” added the county clerk.

On his part, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who is a Republican, downplayed the court’s ruling.

“Really doesn’t have much impact. I mean, as I understand it, all they have to do, if they don’t have a photo ID, is sign an affidavit, so I don’t anticipate any real problem there,” Emmett noted after presiding over the Commissioners Court meeting.

Early voting in Texas will start on October 24th.

This year, Harris County will have more early voting sites than in the last presidential election.

There will be 46 locations, which is nine more than there were in 2012.

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