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Texas Secretary of State says Exact Name Match Not Required to Vote

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

After a local judge had some difficulty voting due to Texas' voter ID law, Texas Secretary of State John Steen released a statement saying not to worry.

In his statement, Steen said, "As long as the names are substantially similar, all a voter will have to do is initial to affirm he or she is the same person who is registered."

It was Wednesday when we reported that District Judge Sandra Watts had said that when she went to vote at the Nueces County Courthouse, she had to sign a voter's affidavit to affirm her identity.

The problem? On her driver's license, her maiden name is in place of her middle name; on her voter registration card, her actual middle name appears.

This prompted worries that the new voter ID law may make keep some women from voting, but the statement from Steen said that an exact name match is not required for voting, adding that they "have not heard any reports of any voter being turned away because the ID name and the registration name did not exactly match."

The statement also said that, so far, turnout numbers for the current election are on track to beat numbers from the last election of its kind, which was in 2011.

There are seven approved forms of identification for voting in Texas. They are listed below:

Texas driver's license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
Texas concealed handgun license 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

For more information, visit www.VoteTexas.gov.

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