Exact name match not necessary to vote with photo ID

Exact name match not necessary to vote with photo ID

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On Thursday Texas Secretary of State Jon Steen issued a statement reminding voters that while they need a photo ID to cast a ballot, it is not necessary for the name on the ID to match the name on the registration exactly.

"As long as the names are substantially similar, all a voter will have to do is initial to affirm he or she is

the same person who is registered," said Secretary Steen. "Poll workers have been trained to account for

names that might be substantially similar but not an exact match due to a number of circumstances

including the use of nicknames, suffixes, and changes of name due to marriage or divorce."

Early voting has begun for the November 5 election. It ends on November 1.

According to Steen, there have been few problems so far.

"We're in our fourth day of early voting and have not heard any reports of any voter being turned away

because the ID name and the registration name did not exactly match," said Secretary Steen. "In fact, the

numbers so far indicate the state is on track to beat turnout numbers from the last election of this kind in

2011."

Steen also said voters who do not have an ID will not be turned away.

"A voter without an approved form of photo ID will have the option to vote provisionally" said Steen. "A provisional voter will then have until the sixth day from Election Day to go to the county voter

registrar to present an approved ID."

LINK: Early voting begins for Nov 5 Election

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