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Getting Voter ID's

It's not too late to get your voter ID.
Primary election day is right around th corner, but it isn't too late to get your voter ID.

If you don't have a Texas Driver's License, Personal ID, US Pass Port, Concealed Handgun License, you'll need to get an Election Identification Certificate, or EIC.

Trooper Chris Ray says to get an EIC, you must be able to verify you are a US citizen, a Texas resident, and you have to be at least 17 years and ten months old.

He says if you're worried it's too late to get a voter ID, don't be.

Ray says, "right now the voter registrars are taking that temporary card to allow you to vote, because we know through the mail it's going to take us some time to get that to you."

"It's easy.  It doesn't take but a few minutes to get."

Officials say most people don't really need an EIC because they already have one of the six acceptable government issued ID's.

We caught up with a lady who is new to the Lone Star State.

"It was real easy. When you do your driver's license they ask you if you want to register to vote, and you say yes and you're done, and it shows up in the mail in about ten days."

People we talked to tell us it's important to exercise your right to head to the polls.

"You have no right to complain if you don't bother to vote."

"We live in a country where we have the right to vote, so we ought to execute that right."

Trooper Ray says, "I would encourage you to come get it because a lot of people gave their lives giving you the right to vote, and you should exercise that right."

He says in many areas they're setting up mobile locations to get EIC's.

He says folks in Wheeler, Channing, Dalhart, and Claude can also get their voter ID's from the county judge. 

The Election Identification Certificate is free and valid for six years.

There is no expiration date for citizens 70 and older.

Trooper Ray says the EIC can only be used for voting in an election and not for personal identification.

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