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Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office
News Release
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ann Harris Bennett Reminds Voters of the Photo ID Process

The 2018 Primary Elections are quickly approaching and Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar, Ann Harris Bennett reminds registered voters to bring an acceptable form of photo identification.

“We have more than 2.2 million registered voters in Harris County, and I want every registered voter to understand the photo ID process,” said Bennett.

Voters are required to show one of the following forms of photo ID at the polling location before they can cast a vote:

·         Texas driver license

·         Texas Election ID card

·         Texas personal identification card

·         Texas license to carry a handgun

·         United States military identification card with the persons picture

·         United States citizenship certificate with the persons picture

·         United States passport

However, if a voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of these ID’s, they can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polls explaining why and bring one of the following supporting documents:

·         Valid voter registration certificate

·         Certified birth certificate (must be an original)

·         Copy of or original current utility bill

·         Copy of or original bank statement

·         Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

If a voter does not present an acceptable form of photo ID, they will be permitted to vote provisionally. After casting their provisional ballot, voters have the opportunity to cure their vote. They can go to any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office by Monday, March 12, 2018 to do so.

“Registered voters who do not have any form of photo ID and have a qualifying disability may apply for a permanent exemption at our office,” said Ms. Bennett.

To receive this permanent exemption, the registered voter must provide one of the following:

-          Verification of disability from the U.S Social Security Administration

-          Verification of disability rating of at least 50 percent from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs

Photo ID exemption applications can be found at any of 16 Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office branch locations and can be submitted in person, faxed at 713-368-2309, e-mailed to voters@hctx.net or mailed at P.O. Box 3527, Houston, TX 77253-3527.

For more information about photo ID, exemptions or the cure process, please visit www.hctax.net.




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