On the eve of Election Day there is a lot of misinformation popping up on social media about both the two major presidential candidates and the election.
Tweets sent out from accounts that are disguised as campaign ads for Hillary Clinton suggest voters can “avoid the line” and “vote from home” via text but voters in Texas and across the country cannot vote by phone.
This kind of misinformation can, however, suppress the vote in a high stakes presidential election.
“There’s always concerns, this is a high-interest election,” said Alicia Pierce, Communications Director for the Texas Secretary of State.
Here’s what Texans need to know before heading to the polls on Election Day.
Unlike early voting, most voters will have to go to their assigned polling location to vote on Tuesday.
There are seven forms of photo ID people can use to vote in Texas.
Pierce explained, “That’s something like a diver license a DPS issued personal ID card and keep in mind these things can be expired up to four years.”
The 2016 election marks the first year that Texans without a photo ID have an alternative. For those who do not have one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, you must explain to a poll worker why you’re unable to “reasonably obtain” one of those documents.
Pierce said, “And then bring a supporting document like a utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck, a government document with your name and address.”
Remember to bring an ID but be sure to leave your “Make America Great Again” hats and “I’m With Her” shirts at home because it’s against the law to campaign inside a polling place in Texas.
When it comes to social media, the Secretary of State’s office reminds voters to be careful of what they read and post. ‘Selfies’ are not allowed in Texas voting booths.
The state prohibits recording devices within 100 ft. of polling places and there is an explicit ban against cell phone use in voting booths.
While there is no penalty for those who do snap a photo inside the voting booth, Pierce said, “You will be asked to put that away and if you don’t then you can be removed from the polling place.”
Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Election Day but as long as you’re in line before closing time, you can still cast your ballot.
To find a polling location or more information on voting, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website at www.TexasVote.Gov.www.TexasVote.Gov