Midland County has first day of early voting, changes to voter identification

Midland County has first day of early voting, changes to voter identification

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Midlanders can now decide if they want to pay more in school taxes. Wednesday was the first day of early voting. Voters may have noticed some changes to identification needed to vote.

Midland I.S.D. proposed a three cent increase in taxes this year. Hoping to make up for a $25 million deficit.

If your house is valued at $200,000, the proposed tax rate would cost you an additional $46.50 per year, which comes out to about $3.88 a month.

Meanwhile, Ector County is gearing up for what the state of Texas believes will be a record breaking election day. There are some changes to how Texas voters will cast their ballot this election and it's gotten a lot easier for voters to have their voice heard.

"A lot of the voters felt like they were being discriminated against I guess, a lot of them said I don't have those forms of IDs," said Mitzi Scheible, Ector County Elections Administrator.

A federal court struck down Texas' voter ID law. Now, there are two lists of identification that voters can use to cast their ballot

The first list is the acceptable forms of ID, which include:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • United States passport
  • Texas personal identification card
  • Texas license to carry a handgun
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph

The second list is the supporting forms of ID, which include:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

After the voter presents this form of ID, they must complete a reasonable impediment declaration form.

Some of those impediments to not having an ID include transportation, work schedule, disability or illness, lack of birth certificate or lost or stolen ID.

The last day to register to vote for the general election in Texas is October 11.

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