Early voting underway for Nov. 5 elections

For the first time, you will need a photo ID before heading to the polls
October 21, 2013 3:00:05 PM PDT
Early voting began Monday for the November 5 elections. This is the first election during which you are required to show a photo ID at the polls.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember if you're planning on voting early or even voting on Election Day is to bring some form of identification. It's part of the new Voter ID law that took effect Monday.

Many people are calling it controversial. Others say that, like it or not, it will turn some voters off.

"It hinders some people from being part of the process, and that's what's hurting. That part is unfair," early voter Shelton Bady said. "So whoever pushed to make sure this law is in place should be informing all people to be a part of it."

Here are the forms of ID that will be accepted when you vote:

  • Driver's License
  • Election ID Certificate
  • Personal ID Card
  • Concealed Handgun License
  • U.S. Military ID with photo
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate with photo
  • U.S. Passport

If you don't have an ID, the state is offering free election ID certificates so you can still cast your ballot, and the Texas Department of Public Safety has set up two additional locations in Harris County to issue those IDs.

If you live inside the City of Houston, there are some important races on your ballot, including the race for mayor and several city council positions. The cities of Baytown, Bellaire, Friendswood, Pasadena and West University place are also holding city-wide elections.

There are also several school districts and municipal utility districts, due to elect leaders. There are nine statewide issues on the ballot, including the creation of a state water fund, Proposition 6.

In Harris County, voters can decide if you want to pass $217 million worth of bonds to renovate the Astrodome. We caught up with one voter who is most interested in the mayor's race.

"I believe we're going in a good direction, but I want to keep our city going forward and continue to build our economic base," said Bady.

Early voting runs through Friday, November 1. Find your voting location.

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