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20130830 Voter-IDYvonne Ramon, Elections Administrator for Hidalgo County, told the Hidalgo County Commission in their Tuesday, Aug. 27, meeting, the upcoming Sept. 14 elections the county is managing would be the first to implement the new state requirement for voters to have photo identification in order to vote. The four elections where the system will be piloted will be the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District (ISD), the City of Edinburg, Edinburg Consolidated ISD, and La Villa ISD.

The State of Texas will accept seven different types of identification cards in future elections. The first is a valid Texas driver’s license. The driver’s license must be current or must not have expired more that 60 days in the past. If the address on the driver’s license does not match the voter registration information, he voter must complete a “Substantially Similar Name Affidavit.”

The second is an Election Identification Certificate (EIC), issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It must also be current or not expired for more than 60 days and if the address does not match the voter also complete a Substantially Similarity Name Affidavit. The Texas Personal Identification Card, also issued by DPS, has the same requirements. Voters may also use their concealed handgun licenses or a valid United States passport as identification to vote with the same time and name requirements. A United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph will also be accepted.

For members of the military there are four cards that will also work for identification: The Department of Defense Common Access Card, the Uniformed Services ID Card, the Department of Defense Civilian Retiree Cards and the Veterans Affairs ID Cards.

For more information about voting requirements, visit the Texas Secretary of State Website at http://votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id/.

Cars May Be Towed

Concern over abandoned cars being left in county parking lots prompted a request for an order giving the county permission needed to tow the cars. The new order will affect cars left in county parking lots for more than 72 hours. Cars are supposed to be able to park from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and the lots are supposed to be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. In some cases cars will not start or visitors to the county on county business can park vehicles overnight with permission of the county. The lots are not available for general overnight parking and will be monitored. Cars thought to be parked over 72 hours will be removed.

The County Commissioners approved a resolution honoring Eden Ramirez Jr. who was named president of the Caucus of National Hispanic Voters recently in Washington D.C. Ramirez, who is a public relations officer for La Joya ISD, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in the fall to meet with Juan Sepulveda, President Obama’s Senior Advisor, and others where issues affecting the border like immigration reform, voting rights and the Dream Act will be discussed.

In other action, the State Attorney General’s Office recognized Sheriff Lupe Trevino and two constables, Martin Cantu of Precinct 2, and Eddie Guerra of Precinct #4, for their assistance in a program designed to find fathers who owe back child support payments, and bring them to court to determine why they have not been making payments.

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