March 6, 2018
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El Paso County Elections Department | Lisa Wise, Elections Administrator

FAQs

If I send my Voter Registration Application by the deadline of any upcoming election, what happens next?

Your voter registration becomes effective 30 days after it is submitted (and accepted) by our office. Your name will be added to the voter registration list, a Voter Registration Certificate will be generated, and mailed to you. Once received, be sure to read the information on the back of the certificate, sign by the X on the “front” of the card and keep your voter card in a safe place. Do not mail your Voter Registration Certificate to our office, it is yours to keep. If your original Voter Registration Application is missing required information, you will receive a notice in the mail and have a deadline to respond to the notice.

I’m not sure if I’m registered; how can I confirm my Voter Registration Application?

You can confirm your registration status on this website by going to Am I Registered? where you will select one of two methods for conducting your search. You can base your search on: 1. Your first and last name; or 2. Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID). Or, you can call our office at (915) 546-2154.

I don’t remember seeing my Voter Registration Certificate lately. Is that a problem?

New certificates are mailed out every two years to the most recent address you gave to the Voter Registrar. If you do not recall receiving a new certificate, it could mean that you have moved without updating, or there is some other problem with your registration. If the certificate was mailed to an old address, it would have been returned to the Voter Registrar, and you would have been placed on the “suspense list” in El Paso County. This means you have a grace period that allows you to vote in the same county in your old precinct, but if you do not vote your name will be removed from the polls after two federal elections have passed since you were placed on the suspense list. If you did not receive your certificate because you moved to a new Texas County, you will need to re-register.

Can I vote during Early Voting and what Early Voting Station do I go to?

Texas enables residents to vote in the days and weeks before an election to make the voting process more convenient and accessible. There are two ways to vote early: By showing up in person during the prescribed Early Voting period or by voting by mail.

Generally, Early Voting in person begins a few days before Election Day. Vote at a station in your political subdivision that’s close to where you live or work. All other voting rules and procedures apply- e.g., eligibility and station hours. For available Early Voting Stations, visit the Early Voting page a few weeks before every election.

You may vote early by mail if:

  • You will be away from El Paso County on Election Day and during Early Voting;
  • You are sick or disabled;
  • You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
  • You are confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

Click here to get a formal application for a Ballot by Mail.

What will I need in order to vote in person on Election Day or during Early Voting?

When a voter arrives at a polling place, the voter will be asked to present one of the acceptable forms of identification (listed below). Election officials are required by current Texas Law to determine whether the voter’s name on the identification provided matches the name on the official poll book. After a voter presents their identification, the election worker will compare it to the poll book. If the name on the identification matches the poll book, the voter will follow the regular procedures for voting.

If the name does not match exactly but is “substantially similar” to the name on the poll book, the voter will be permitted to vote as long as the voter signs a simple affidavit stating that the voter is the same person on the poll book.

If a voter does not have proper identification, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will be given six days after Election Day to present proper identification to the Voter Registrar, or the voter’s provisional ballot will be rejected.

A list of acceptable forms of photo identification when voting in person under Section 63.0101 of the Texas Election Code (SB 14 ID) is below. With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

    Acceptable Forms of Photo I.D.
    *Does not require voter to complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at polling place:
  • Texas Driver's License (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
  • Texas Personal Identification Card (DPS)
  • Texas License to Carry Handgun (DPS)
  • United States Military Identification Card
  • United States Citizen Certificate
  • United States Passport
    OR
    Supporting Documents
    *Requires voter to complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at polling place:
  • Valid Voter Registration Certificate
  • Certified Birth Certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and or address (original required if it contains a photograph)

Free Election Identification Certificates Available
Individuals without an approved form of photo ID may apply for an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) at any Texas Driver License office. There is no charge for this certificate. EICs for persons age 70 and older do not expire; all other EICs expire every six years. To receive this voter ID card, applicants must provide specific documents that prove their identity and citizenship. For more information call DPS at or visit their website at www.txdps.state.tx.us

Provisional Ballots for Those Without Proper ID at Polls
A voter who does not have the required form of ID or does not have a “substantially similar” name match will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. The voter must present proper identification to the County Voter Registrar within six calendar days of the election or the voter’s ballot will be rejected.

Permanent Exemptions
Voters with a disability and without an approved form of ID may apply with the County Voter Registrar for a permanent exemption. Documentation from the Social Security Administration showing a disability or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs showing a disability rating of at least 50 percent will be required. A new voter registration certificate that reflects the exemption will be issued.

Temporary Exemptions
Voters who have a religious objection to being photographed or do not have a valid ID due to certain natural disasters as declared by the President or the Texas Governor, may cast a provisional ballot. They must appear at the voter registrar’s office within six calendar days after Election Day and sign an affidavit for their ballots to be counted.

If I have a government issued identification that contains my photo and it is not on the list above, may I use it?

If you do not have one of the forms of photo identification listed above and your Voter Registration Certificate does not have a disability exemption noted, you will only be eligible to cast a provisional ballot.

What happens if I refuse to show proof of identity?

Voters who refuse to show proof of identity will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. However, please be advised that a refusal to show identification is not a valid ground for casting a provisional ballot, and it is likely that the voter’s ballot will be rejected by the ballot board.

Do I still need to bring my Voter Registration Certificate? Will I be able to vote without it?

While you do not need to bring your Voter Registration Certificate with you to vote, we highly recommend that you have it with you at the polling place. In some situations, having your Voter Registration Certificate will allow you to vote a regular ballot instead of a provisional ballot. For example, if your name does not appear on the poll book, you may be able to cast a regular ballot by presenting your Voter Registration Certificate along with an acceptable form of photo identification.

Please note that you can contact our office to obtain a replacement Voter Registration Certificate.

I am reviewing this page and nothing makes sense to me. These are not the rules I have heard. I’m in a state other than Texas, does that matter?

If you are visiting our website from another state, please remember that each state has slightly different laws and rules. There are laws and rules described by Texas State Laws and are intended for voters who consider their permanent residence to be in Texas and want to vote a Texas ballot. If you arrive at this page through a search engine and you need another state’s election law, check the National Association of Secretaries of State page for other state websites.

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