February 16, 2016
No, it’s not my birthday. But, yeah, that’s also a date you ought to memorize.
I’m also not talking about the date you got married or the deadline for getting your car inspected.
I’m talking about today’s date. It’s important. Show of hands. Who knows why? (A few of you raised your hands and you don’t really know. You just think no one can see you.)
Ah, oh, yeah. It’s that day. We started early voting today and it continues through February 26th.
I’m guessing a few of you might be asking, “What are we voting ‘early’ for?” The Texas Primaries are on March 1st. That’s a big deal. Our primaries will have big impacts in both parties’ nomination processes.
Early voting locations are open from 7 in the AM until 7 in the PM. Here’s a list of so-called “permanent locations” and here’s a list of “mobile locations” in Travis County. For Bastrop County, you can find the schedule and early voting locations here.
You need a photo identification to vote in person. That pretty much means you need to show an ID issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety or the United States government. There are exemptions for persons with disabilities and other special circumstances.
Here are the approved forms of photo ID. Except for the citizenship certificate, all IDs must be current or nor more than 60 days expired.
● Texas Driver License issued by Texas DPS
● Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
● Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
● Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) issued by DPS
● U.S. Military ID Card containing the person’s photograph
● U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
● U.S. Passport
There’s stuff to vote for, as they say, from the courthouse to the White House. Here’s what’s on the ballot in the Travis County Democratic Primary, and here’s what’s on the ballot in the Bastrop County Democratic Primary.
Yes! I always get one of those things. And, amazingly, it always makes me look even better than usual. Plus, it just never goes out of style.
Please go vote!!