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Koepp Explains New Voting Laws

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Comal County Clerk Bobbie Koepp says her office is busy explaining new voting laws to poll workers and others affected by an Aug. 10 court order relating to identification requirements for voting.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos overturned a 2011 Texas law requiring voters to present government-issued ID cards at the poll, finding the practice to be racially discriminatory.

The recent court order means polling places will have a new process for allowing voters without a photo ID to cast their ballots. The State of Texas is still in the process of updating its website to reflect these rules. Click here to see Comal County’s election page.

How Vote Without an ID

To vote on Nov. 8 without an ID, Comal County citizens will be required to fill out a form explaining why they weren’t able to obtain an ID. Other documentation may be required.

Koepp appeared on TWC News Monday to discuss what this means for voters and her staff.

Teaching Staff

“Right now it looks like its nothing going on, but it’s the behind-the-scenes things they’re taking care of,” she says. “Getting the word out there, making sure everybody understands what the new law is. I think the biggest challenge will be teaching people not to turn people away.”

Oct. 11 is the last day Comal County residents can register to vote.

Comal County Elections & Voter Registration is managed by the elections coordinator who is under the County Clerk. This office, 178 E. Mill Street, Suite 101, is located on the first floor of the Landa building just northeast of the Historic Courthouse downtown New Braunfels.

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