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Voting Instructions
Photo Identification Requirements  
Voter ID FAQs
All voters must present one of the following forms of photo identification in order to be eligible to be accepted for voting.

  1. Driver's license, election identification certificate, personal identification card, or concealed handgun license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
  2. United States Military identification card that contains the person's photograph;
  3. United States citizenship certificate that contains the person's photograph;
  4. United States passport

The above identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before it is presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For more information, visit VoteTexas.gov.

In addition to the City's current voting system, the City uses eSlate, also known as a Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting system. The eSlate is manufactured, marketed and supported by Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas.

The City's electronic voting system is certified for use in the Texas by the Texas Secretary of State pursuant to Chapter 122 of the Texas Election Code. eSlate has won acclaim for its ease of use, accessibility to disabled voters and fast efficient ballot tabulation. Its unique Rotary Optical Encode technology ensures voters can confidently and accurately register their votes.

The eSlate is about the size of a legal pad, about one inch thick, and weighs just 5.2 pounds. The voter uses a rotary wheel to move through the ballot and select his or her vote.

Using the wheel, you, the voter, select a language-English or Spanish. Next, you are asked to enter the four-digit code you will receive upon check-in at the voting site. The code tells the system which contests to present for your precinct; the code does NOT identify you in any way and cannot be linked to your vote.

The ballot then appears on the screen, and you use the SELECT wheel to move a blue highlight bar through the ballot. Once you move the highlight bar onto your desired choice, simply press the large button marked ENTER, and the selection is marked. The box beside that choice is marked in red and your selection becomes bold while all the other choices fade into the background, so you have a strong visual signal of your vote.

If you make a mistake or change your mind, all you have to do is to change the selection — the system won't let you cast too many votes in a race. After you have voted in the last contest on the ballot, a BALLOT SUMMARY screen will appear listing all the choices you have made and lets you know if you missed voting in any race. From this screen, you can make corrections, as needed, to be sure your votes are as you want them to be. When you finish reviewing your ballot, press the CAST BALLOT button to put your ballot into the electronic ballot box.

That's all there is to it. Voters do not have to know anything about computers. The eSlate system is really more of an appliance — a state-of-the art voting appliance that is to serve Texas City voters well for many years to come.

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