Some Texas voters seeking to cast early ballots for next week’s elections are being turned away due to the state’s strict Voter ID law. Passed in 2011, Senate Bill 14 requires voters to provide 1 of 7 government issued IDs before casting a vote.
The Brennan Institute for Justice at New York University School of Law has cited cases where election officials have provided misinformation to potential voters regarding expired IDs. According to the law and public advocate Lovett, an ID that has expired within the past 60 days is considered valid for the purpose of voting, yet some voters report being denied access to a ballot.
Young adults are not the only population being adversely impacted, as elders, many of whom have voted their entire adult lives and who no longer have use for a driver’s license, are also being denied access to the polls. Still, others are unable to locate or lack the resources to purchase a birth certificate, leaving them unable to obtain an ID. Concerned advocates are staffing a hotline for voters to call to seek information and support.