State Rep. Tan Parker urges voters to participate in election

State Representative Tan Parker (Flower Mound) reminded Denton County voters that Texas has scheduled a constitutional amendment election for November 5th.  All registered voters are eligible to vote in the election, which begins with early voting going on now through November 1st.

In accordance with state law that took effect in June, all voters voting in person who have not been granted a disability exemption will also have to show photo identification to cast their vote.

“Election integrity was a key accomplishment of the 2011 Legislative Session and I am pleased that the reforms that we enacted will now take effect,” Parker said.  “By showing their photo ID, voters can now rest assured that their identity is not being compromised through voter fraud or that their vote is not being cancelled out by illegitimately cast ballots.”

The approved forms of photo identification a person can display in order to vote include a Texas drivers license, Texas personal identification card, Texas concealed handgun license, US passport, US military identification, or a US citizenship certificate. 

If a person does not possess any of these forms of photo identification, they can visit their local DPS office to apply for a free election identification card. 

Individuals who are voting by mail or who have been given an exemption due to a disability are not required to show photo identification to vote.  For more information on Texas’ new photo id requirement, visit

Texas voters are routinely called to cast their ballot in a constitutional amendment election as an important part of the legislative process.  This election features nine propositions ranging from abolishing a dormant state board to allowing local governments to offer competitive tax incentives to the aerospace industry. 

Interested voters can visit for a comprehensive analysis of each proposition or contact Rep. Parker’s Capitol office at 512.463.0688 to request a paper copy of the pamphlet. 

“I hope every registered voter in Denton County participates in this important election,” said Parker. “Many key propositions will be on the ballot and our county’s voice needs to be heard loud and clear on those matters.”

Initially elected on November 7th of 2006, Representative Parker represents both rural and urban parts of Denton County which encompasses the communities of Flower Mound, Argyle, Lantana, Dish, Ponder, Justin, Northlake, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Bartonville, Trophy Club, Roanoke and portions of Lewisville, Fort Worth, Highland Village, Westlake and Southlake.

Serving in his fourth term in the Texas Legislature, Representative Parker is focusing his efforts on economic development, job creation, strengthening border security and immigration policy, promoting fiscally responsible government spending, providing a strong public education system, enhancing public safety and protecting family values.  Representative Parker is the current Chairman of the Corrections Committee.  He also serves on the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Criminal Procedure Committee.

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