The Labor Day weekend is now past and election fever is becoming more contagious the closer we get to filing deadlines. Our next election has little to do with elected offices. In fact the Constitutional Amendment Election to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 will have no candidates on the ballot, only nine amendments to the Constitution of the State of Texas.

This will be our first election though with the requirement that every voter provide a Photo ID when they come to vote.

In the past voters could present their voter registration card as their only means of identification and many people used their cards to vote. Many people also used their driver's license or personal identification. This coming November everyone will be required to provide one of the accepted forms of Photo ID.

The acceptable forms of Photo ID are as follows;

Driver's license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Personal Identification issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Election Certificate issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Created for individuals who do not have a driver's license or a personal identification card.

Concealed Handgun Permit issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

United States Military Identification card containing the person's photograph.

United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph.

United States Passport.

All approved identifications must be current or expired no more than 60 days prior to the date of presentation for voting.

To learn more about Photo ID visit the Secretary of State's website at:

In addition to having a Photo ID, the name on the Photo ID must match exactly the name on the Official List of Registered Voters. You can quickly check this by looking at the name on your voter registration card and the name on your photo identification. If they do not match you should update your voter registration no later than October 7th. You may do so online at the VoteTexas.Gov or by updating your registration with the county voter registrar.

To Review:

Next election - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 On the Ballot - Nine constitutional amendments New requirement - Photo ID

For more information contact the Elections Office at 576-0124 or or come by 2805 N. Navarro, Suite 500.