City secretary explains new voter ID requirements
by Gary Kent
Nov 21, 2013 | 193 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may be suing any state that requires a photo ID card to vote on Election Day.

But in Texas, the law passed by the Legislature is still in effect, City Secretary Barbara Treviño told the City Council at its Nov. 12 meeting.

Treviño explained that there are seven forms of government-issued photo identification cards that will be accepted at polling places in Texas. The cards will allow officials at various polling locations throughout the city to assure that voters are citizens and legally allowed to cast a ballot.

The city secretary said prospective voters may use a Texas driver’s license, a state election identification card, a regular identification card or a concealed handgun license, all of which are issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety and all of which have a photograph of the person identified on the card.

Other forms of identification will include a military ID card issued to a member of the armed forces, someone retired from the military or a dependent.

Also, a United States passport will be accepted.

In other business that Tuesday, the council voted to:

— Renew the city’s contract with Collier, Johnson and Woods of Corpus Christi to conduct the city’s annual financial audit.

— Enter into another year’s contract with retired City Secretary Tomas P. Saenz to serve as the Beeville Police Department’s Civil Service director.

— Approve the installation of a crosswalk and associated signs in the 1600 block of South St. Mary’s Street at the Ranch Hand headquarters.

— Accept a payment from the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation board of $10,163.04 for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment for Klipstein Park.

The Beeville Lions Club has been raising money for improvements to that park and will provide some of the needed funds for the equipment.

— Accept a grant from the Beeville Rotary Club to build a black chain-link fence and a bottom rail around the butterfly garden at Flournoy Park.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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