New Photo ID Requirements Not Turning Voters Away at the Polls 10/28/13
CBS 7 News
October 28, 2013
PERMIAN BASIN-It is the second week of early voting across Texas and despite new laws requiring photo ID’s for all voters, numbers show more people are voting than in recent years.
The Texas Secretary of State was in Midland today to talk about the issue.
There were many fears that people would be turned away from the ballots this year, but the Secretary of State says so far, so good.
Texas Secretary of State John Steen is making his way across Texas to talk about the new photo ID requirements to vote. He stopped in Midland today, where the law rolled out with little issue. In fact, early voting is up.
"If there was a concern that we are not educating people, just look at the numbers, we had 139, 205 people early vote,” said Texas Secretary of State John Steen.
The photo requirement says the government issued id must match your name on the voter registry. The steady stream of early voters in the basin today were not bothered.
"I always bring my photo ID with me anyway, so it's really nothing different for me,” said one Basin resident.
Many worried about names not matching up on ID’s--election officials say the names just have to be substantially similar.
"It's really not bad, as long as their name is similar they will have no problem,” Steen said.
In addition to a media campaign by the state, party leaders are also in the basin to educate voters about the laws.
"There are over 1 million Texans without a photo ID,” said Executive Director Will Hailer of the Texas Democratic Party. “So we are trying to educate people on what type of ID they need, etc.”
The official election is November 5th. You can find more information on the voter laws at VoteTexas.ORG