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DPS opens offices on Saturdays for voters, off to rough start


A new program by the Texas Department of Public Safety is offering voters opportunities to get a valid ID to vote, but it hasn't been as successful as planned. This month 48 DPS offices are offering voters, in 12 counties with low registration percentages, a chance to get a voter ID certificate on Saturdays.

One week into the program, the results haven't been as good as they hoped.

The program has registered only eight people for election identification certificates in the entire state. Meanwhile, in Central Texas, offices in Killeen and Temple haven't seen anyone come through the doors during those four hours.

The DPS says the program isn't costing taxpayers more money, but it does decrease the number of employees during the week to help staff the Saturday shifts. But on those Saturday shifts, DPS staff is only allowed to serve those who need an election identification certificate.

"You can't come here on a Saturday from ten to two just to get your id or drivers license renewed or driving test that is just going to be only for the certificate," DPS spokesman D.L. Wilson said.

Despite the unflattering numbers the DPS will continue to offer the service until November 2nd, and they hope once the word gets out more people will take advantage of the opportunity.

"Some people might work Monday through Friday or something like that" Wilson said. "We just want to make sure there is a time for them they can get somewhere to get a voter cards because it is a serious thing in the Untied States and in Texas. We are proud of the voters and we want everybody to have the right to vote."

DPS officials say those who want an election identification certificate can also pick one up during normal week hours.

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