Amarillo, TX - The Texas Secretary of State visited Amarillo on Wednesday to encourage voter turnout in the upcoming March primaries.
The voter ID law has been contested by some Texans, but Secretary of State Nandita Berry said the new photo ID requirement did not impact November elections. She said voter turnout numbers were actually up from years past.
She hopes to continue that trend for the March primaries and is on a state-wide tour for the next three weeks. "That's why we're here," said Berry. "We want to make sure every voter has the information they need to go to the polls. Photo ID is the law in Texas. We want to make sure everybody knows it's the law and everybody understands what kind of ID they need to take to the polls."
To vote, you must now present one of seven forms of photo identification. It can either be a Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS, a Texas personal identification card issued by DPS, a Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS, a US military identification card containing the person's photograph, a US citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph or a US passport.
The requirement of photo ID was implemented to prevent voter fraud. In both Potter and Randall counties, there have been no cases of voter fraud in recent elections. However, the Texas Attorney General's Office has investigated more than 70 cases of voter fraud throughout the state since 2004. That number could be higher because not all voter fraud cases are referred to the Attorney General's Office. Some are prosecuted by district attorneys in individual counties.
For more information about voting in the upcoming primaries, visit votexas.gov.
Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10