Texas Secretary of State, John Steen, said today in Pharr that he isn’t focused on the politics of the voter identification law, but educating the public about the new requirement to present photo ID in order to vote.
Steen spoke Wednesday to a group of local officials from Pharr and surrounding cities to educate them about how to administer the upcoming changes.
The law requires anyone voting in person to show a photo ID, but Steen assures no one will be turned away from the polls.
People without proper identification still can vote, but must go to the elections office within six days to verify their identity.
The voter ID law was passed by the legislature in 2011, but was denied preclearance by a federal court in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Section Four of the voter rights act as unconstitutional, causing Texas voter ID law to go into effect immediately because the state no longer was required to get pre-clearance for its election legislation.