Every election you hear the phrase, "This is the most important election of our lifetime."
And every election it is true.
To ensure that members of the LGBTQ community are registered and ready to cast their vote, Transform Houston has been working to Transform the Vote by hosting voter registration events and distributing information about the upcoming election. In particular we have been working to make sure folks understand the requirements of the Texas voter ID law.
In partnership with the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT), we have produced and distributed Transform the Vote cards which are specifically geared to answer questions and address concerns of LGBTQ voters, with a focus on transgender and gender expansive voters.
Here are some details about the photo ID requirements in Texas.
Gender discrepancies on ID are not a valid reason to deny a regular ballot. The Texas voter ID law requires that the name on the ID be the same or “substantially similar” to the name in the voter role. Gender identity or presentation does not have to match your name, photo, or gender marker.
You can still vote a regular ballot with a non-photo ID.
If you have a “reasonable impediment” in obtaining a photo ID here’s how to vote a regular ballot:
1) Tell the poll worker you had an obstacle obtaining a photo ID
2) Present an alternate ID - valid voter certificate, certified birth certificate, copy or original current utility bill, bank statement, government check, copy or original government document like Social Security, Medicaid, etc. Anything with your photo must be an original
3) Sign a declaration identifying yourself and why you did not have a photo ID
4) Cast a regular ballot
Voting in person
To vote in person by regular ballot, bring one of
the following photo IDs to the polling place:
• Texas driver’s 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 handgun license issued by DPS
• United States military ID card with photo
• United States citizenship certificate containing your photo
• United States passport or passport card
Important election dates
Last Day to Register to Vote
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Early Voting - October 22 through November 2
ELECTION DAY - Tuesday, November 6, 2018