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Thousands Of Travis Co. Voters Might Not Have Proper IDs

Updated: Friday, January 31 2014, 06:29 PM CST

The deadline to register to vote in the March primaries is fast approaching. But a huge number of Travis County voters already on the rolls might still miss out.

According to Travis County officials tens of thousands of residents do not have proper identification.

That makes them ineligible to vote under the state's new voter ID law.

The Travis County Voter Registrar estimates about 24,000 voters may not have the proper identification needed to cast their ballot.

"We are concerned this year when we have a larger turnout in a gubernatorial election that we could have hundreds of people who cast provisional ballots and they may not be counted if they don't have the right ID," says Travis County Tax Assessor Collector Bruce Elfant.

That's why his office is taking action and trying to contact those voters.

Elfant says "We're taking actions to contact them. We're sending them postcards letting them know what they need under the new voter ID law and encouraging them to contact us."

This is the second election where voters need one of the seven forms of photo ID in order to vote.

Jim Harrington, the director for the Texas Civil Rights Project, is a critic of the law.

"Unfortunately it always cuts against poor people, elderly and the minority community and I'm sure that's the intent behind this law -- to slow down the political changes going on in Texas," says Harrington.

Elfant says there's still time and voters that don't have a valid ID can get an election identification certificate.

"We want to do everything that we can possibly do to make sure that every registered voter has the ID that they need," says Elfant.

For more information on registering to vote log onto http://www.traviscountytax.org/goVoters.do.

By Lydia Pantazes

Thousands Of Travis Co. Voters Might Not Have Proper IDs


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