December 7, 2015

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Mike Sullivan Reminds Voters of the Photo ID Process

With early voting for the City of Houston run-off election underway, Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan reminds registered voters they need to bring an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) to vote in person, or they will have to vote provisionally.

“Last month’s general election was a success, with more than 420,000 registered voters casting a ballot,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. “Even though we’ve had Photo ID rules in place for the past couple elections, I want to remind voters of the process when they visit the polls to cast their vote in the run-off election.”

If a voter does not present an acceptable form of photo ID when voting in person, they will be permitted to vote provisionally. After voting, they have the opportunity to present an acceptable photo ID or apply for and receive an exemption to cure their vote at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office by December 18, 2015.* The cure process only applies to registered voters who vote provisionally and did not present an acceptable form of photo ID.

“Registered voters who do not have any form of photo ID and have a qualifying disability may apply for a permanent exemption at my office,” said Mr. Sullivan.

To receive this permanent exemption, the registered voter must provide one of the following:

For more information about photo ID, exemptions or the cure process, please visit www.hctax.net.

*All branch office locations are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan also serves as the Harris County Voter Registrar, who conducts voter registration activities and maintains a certified list of registered voters. Learn more about voter registration and the requirements by visiting www.hctax.net.

Facts and Stats

Total Number of Register Voters in Harris County: 2015: 2,079,893
Registered Voters in the City of Houston: 991,578
*Numbers as of 12/1/2015

Acceptable forms of photo ID:

Photo ID Permanent Exemptions
Voters with a qualifying disability may apply at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector branch office for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either:

In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid form of photo identification. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption. Additional information can be found at www.hctax.net.

Cure Process
Voters who do not present a valid form of photo ID will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. Those voters have until Friday, December 18, 2015 to present appropriate photo identification or apply for and receive an exemption at any Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector branch office. Once this and all other requirements are met, the provisional ballot will be accepted.