Top 3 things confusing voters at the polls

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FILE - Voting sign (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Record numbers of voters are lining up to cast their ballots early, but there are a few things still throwing some voters off when they get to the polls. According to Travis and Williamson County clerks, here are the Top 3 things they want to clarify:

1. You must have an ID (Kind of TRUE)

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Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says, “I would say if there is no reason to be confused. If you have an ID bring it.”

These are the following approved forms of photo ID:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) issued by DPS
  • U.S. Military ID Card containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. Passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

If you don’t have any of the listed IDs, you can (1) sign a sworn statement that there is a reason why you don’t have any of the IDs listed above, and (2) bring one of the following:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Government check
  • Paystub or bank statement that includes your name and address
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph).

2. Can I vote anywhere? (TRUE)

FILE - Voting sign (KXAN File Photo)
FILE – Voting sign (KXAN File Photo)

You can vote anywhere in your county during early voting. But, when it comes to Election Day, only several counties offer voting centers where you don’t have to vote in the precinct you live in.

3. Straight ticket voting won’t count toward your Presidential vote (FALSE)

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Straight ticket voting may seem easy but county officials say it’s important to go through all the pages on the ballot since some of the items are not connected to a political party.

Non-partisan elections such as City Council and propositions will not automatically be selected if a voter chooses the “straight ticket” option. Voters should also pay special attention to elections in which a candidate is running unopposed and elections with no candidates from the voter’s selected straight ticket party.

If you have any questions call your county clerk’s office before heading out to the polling location.

Want to know more about voting early, see our guide here.

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