Handful of residents use voter ID mobile unit

Only a handful of Gregg County residents used mobile sites set up by the Department of Public Safety on Friday to assist voters who need an ID to cast ballots in November.

The numbers Friday match similar turnouts across the state for the mobile voter ID sites.

DPS had issued 41 Election Identification Certificates across the state as of Tuesday — 20 of which were issued at mobile locations, said DPS spokesman Tom Vinger. The department has put up mobile stations in about 20 counties this month to provide the ID cards.

“Many of the individuals who have inquired about EICs already had the necessary photo identification required to vote,” Vinger said, who added that statewide there had been 930 inquiries.

The numbers are updated once per week, and Vinger was not able to release the exact number of Gregg County residents who used the service Friday.

While mobile units at the Gregg County Courthouse and the Green Street Recreation Center remained quiet throughout the day Friday, Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy said several residents at Buckner Westminster Place and Colonial Village Retirement Center had used the service.

“Many Texans already have the necessary photo identification for voting,” Vinger said, adding that if a potential voter has one of the six other forms of photo identification, “they do not need, and therefore cannot apply, for an Election Identification Certificate.”

The other six acceptable forms of identification are:

Texas driver license issued by DPS.

Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.

Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS.

U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph.

U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph.

U.S. passport.

All must be unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting.

DPS will open four other stations Monday — at Broughton Recreation Center, community centers in Greggton and Kilgore, and Gladewater City Hall — for residents who lack the proper photo identification and need an EIC.

November’s elections will be the first in which photo identification is required to vote for Texas residents.

Also, if needed, an Election Identification Certificate can be obtained during business hours Monday through Friday at DPS offices in Longview, Atlanta, Carthage, Center, Daingerfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Nacogdoches, Quitman and Tyler.