Voting and the ID process

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If a voter does not present an acceptable form of photo ID when voting in person, they will be permitted to vote provisionally. After voting, they have the opportunity to present an acceptable photo ID or apply for and receive an exemption to cure their vote at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office by December 18, 2015.* The cure process only applies to registered voters who vote provisionally and did not present an acceptable form of photo ID.

“Registered voters who do not have any form of photo ID and have a qualifying disability may apply for a permanent exemption at my office,” said Mr. Sullivan.

To receive this permanent exemption, the registered voter must provide one of the following:

  • Documentation from the U.S. Social Security Administration verifying the individual has a disability
  • Documentation from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs verifying the individual has a disability rating of at least 50 percent

For more information about photo ID, exemptions or the cure process, please visit www.hctax.net.

*All branch office locations are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan also serves as the Harris County Voter Registrar, who conducts voter registration activities and maintains a certified list of registered voters. Learn more about voter registration and the requirements by visiting www.hctax.net.

Acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport

Photo ID Permanent Exemptions

Voters with a qualifying disability may apply at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector branch office for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either:

  • The U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she has been determined to have a disability, or
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent.

In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid form of photo identification. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption. Additional information can be found at www.hctax.net.

Cure Process

Voters who do not present a valid form of photo ID will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. Those voters have until Friday, December 18, 2015 to present appropriate photo identification or apply for and receive an exemption at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector branch office. Once this and all other requirements are met, the provisional ballot will be accepted.