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January 29, 2014

Voter registration deadline nears

Corsicana — If you didn’t receive a new voter registration card this month, you might want to check your voter registration status.

The 2014 primary election in Texas is March 4, with early voting from Feb. 18 to 28. The last day to register to vote in the 2014 primary election is Monday, Feb. 3.

Information on voter registration is available in the Navarro County Elections Office in the basement of the Navarro County Courthouse. Voters needing to register must do so by Monday in order to be eligible to vote in the March 4 primary.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming primary election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC) are available at all Texas driver license offices for individuals in need of proper photo identification required to vote in elections in Texas.

Texas law now requires voters to present an acceptable photo identification to cast a ballot. The EIC available through the DPS offices meets those requirements.

To apply for an EIC, applicants must visit a driver license office and complete an Application for Texas Election Certificate (DL-14C).

To qualify for an EIC, an applicant must:

• Bring documentation to verify U.S. citizenship and Identity;

• Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety);   

• Be a Texas resident;

• Be 17 years and 10 months or older;

Most residents already have an acceptable form of photo identification needed for voting and will not need or qualify for an EIC.

To avoid delays or complications, DPS urges potential applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office.

The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.

The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date for an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older. The EIC can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.

For more information on the requirements, exemptions and process for obtaining an EIC, please visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm.

For more information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State’s website: www.votetexas.gov.

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