As if the issue of voter ID cards wasn't confusing enough, the state of Texas has managed to complicate matters further by offering Election Identifications Certificates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays at select drivers license offices throughout the state through November 2. This would make a lot of sense if it weren't for the fact that those offices won't offer drivers license services on Saturdays.
So, if you thought DPS offices were crowded, awful places filled with pissed off people forced to wait for long periods of time just to change the address on a drivers license, wait until you see how angry they will be when they get to the DPS office on Saturday only to find they can't do anything except get an EIC.
I offered some advice on ways to improve the DPS office experience last year. This was NOT on the list.
Most residents already have ID, but if you need an EIC, you have an alternative, but don't be surprised when you show up and the place is full of pissed off people wanting to renew their drivers licenses. I cannot fathom what made the DPS think this was a good idea, but there's no turning back now. It's as if state officials don't actually want people without a drivers license to vote or something.
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In fact, the state of Texas has been marred with problems including the fact that it was unavailable in 70 counties.
But, if you do need an EIC, here are the requirements:
Bring documentation to the office to verify U.S. citizenship Bring documentation to the office to verify Identity Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety at the office) Be a Texas resident Be 17 years and 10 months or older
Keep your head down and good luck.