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Election Identification Cards offered at Smith County locations


POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 3:55pm

If you plan to vote, you'll need some sort of identification.

Besides the traditional forms, Smith County is offering more options.

To apply, you can go to the DPS office or five other locations.

The office of the Texas Secretary of State and the Department of Public Safety has partnered up to offer election identification certificates at different locations all over the state.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday those without a Texas drivers license or photo id can register to vote.

Oct. 16-17, DPS will be at PATH, Tyler Public Library, Salvation Army the Cotton Belt building and the Tyler Metro Chamber of Commerce .

"There actually going to be doing Texas election identification certificates free of charge for our citizens here that do not have a voter id card, or a Texas driver's license or a concealed handgun license," said Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton.

These election id cards are available for qualified voters who do not have a form of photo id.

"Anyone who wants to vote will have the opportunity to vote and of course you can't vote unless you have a Texas identification card or your Texas driver's license," said Hampton.  

Hampton said they are offering the election id cards at these five locations because they know a lot of people will be coming in an out all day.

Hampton said these different mobile sites gives the public more locations other than the DPS office to sign up.

"Were glad we can actually put them out into the community and have those id cards made up for them so they will be able to vote in the November election."

But, DPS stresses these election id cards can only be used for voting.

"The election identification certificate can only be used during the election process in election years it is not used for a normal identification card and obviously a drivers license," said Smith County Trooper Jean Dark.


EIC applicants will need to bring evidence of citizenship and identity. A full list of qualifying documents is available at

The mobile units will be at the following locations in Smith County from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., October 16-17:

• PATH , 402 W. Front Street, Tyler, Texas 75702
• Tyler Public Library (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. only) 201 S. College, Tyler, Texas 75702
• Salvation Army, 633 N. Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas 75702 (October 16 only)
• The Cotton Belt Building, 1517 W. Front Street, Tyler, Texas 75702
• The Tyler Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 2000 W. Gentry Pkwy., Tyler, Texas 75702 (October 17 only)

In addition to mobile stations, almost 50 DPS offices will be open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through November 4 in order to issue EICs only. A list of DPS locations can be found online.

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