As part of the state’s effort to ensure that all voters are able to have a government issued photo identification to meet the requirements of the state’s Voter ID law, the Department of Public Safety will have two mobile voter ID centers in the county during early voting.

Both will offer eligible voters free photo IDs for those who don’t have a state-issued photo ID, the county’s deputy county clerk for elections, Bill Sargent, said.

The first will be open on Wednesday at the County Courthouse, 722 Moody, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second will be open the same hours on Thursday in the Dickinson Community Center.

“This is the second time we have conducted this kind of effort in Galveston County,” Sargent said. “Although there are only a small number of these IDs that have actually been issued statewide (County Clerk) Dwight Sullivan believes that this is an important thing to do in order to make sure that everybody has access to an appropriate photo ID for voting purposes.”

Sargent said that state officials confirmed to him last week that since the department started offering free photo IDs for voting last summer, only 140 have been issued statewide.

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