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SMU to host early voting Oct. 31, Nov. 1

Many students to cast first ballots on campus

October 25, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – Early voting for Dallas County residents will be available on the SMU campus Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.  The polling place at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, and free parking will be available in the Binkley and Moody parking garages to accommodate early voters.

“It can be hard for students living on campus to find the time and transportation to get to off-campus polling places on election day, so we’re very pleased the Dallas County Commissioners chose to locate an early-voting site at SMU,” said Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs.  “This encourages our students to participate in our democracy, and it’s exciting that many of them will be voting here for the first time. We also welcome our faculty and staff and other Dallas County voters to vote on campus.”

Participants in early voting must be registered in Dallas County and present one of the following forms of identification. Expired versions are acceptable, so long as they’ve expired within the past four years:

  • Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

If the voter does not possess one of the forms of identification listed above, he or she can present one of the supporting forms of ID listed below and sign at the polling place a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, which note’s the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • Current utility bill, copy or original
  • Current bank statement, copy or original
  • Government check, copy or original
  • Paycheck, copy or original
  • Government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

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