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September 30th, 2013
DPS to issue election IDs at three San Marcos locations

STAFF REPORT

Hays County residents can secure the photo IDs they will need to vote on Nov. 5 — and in other future elections — on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2 at three locations in San Marcos. The IDs will be available at the following times and places:

Tuesday, Oct. 1 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Hays County Government Center 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos
San Marcos Activity Center 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos
Southside Community Center 518 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos

Wednesday, Oct. 2 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Hays County Government Center 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos
San Marcos Activity Center 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos
Southside Community Center 518 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos


In order to be issued an election ID, applicants need proof of citizenship and identity. For most applicants, this means a birth certificate and two forms of supporting identification. A list of acceptable identification is available here.

The Legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring voters to prove their identity before casting ballot in any local, state or federal election. In June, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Drivers licenses, identifications cards and concealed handgun licenses issued by the Texas DPS are acceptable identification at ballot boxes as are U.S. passports, military IDs and citizenship certificates with the bearer’s photograph. Voters without any of those forms of identification, need to obtain a free Election Identification Certificate.

In a joint effort with Texas Secretary of State John Steen to help process these IDs, the Texas Department of Public Safety is sending 25 mobile ID stations across the state as well as extending hours of operation at many of its drivers licenses offices to include Saturday.

San Marcos voters will elect two city council members and vote a number of proposed City Charter amendments on Nov. 5. The deadline to register to vote for the municipal election is Tuesday, Oct. 7.

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