Voters head to polls early this election

Harris County Clerk says this early voting election cycle is record breaking so far
October 24, 2013 12:12:04 PM PDT
Early voting for next month's big election got underway earlier this week and today we got an update from Texas Secretary of State John Steen.

He visited a polling place on the northwest side of town. It's one of three new polling places in Harris County.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart says this early voting election cycle is record breaking with more than 5,000 voters each day so far. That's double the numbers from 2011.

Stanart attributes that to some hot races but also to the new voter ID law. He says because of all the attention it has garnered, people are actually aware there is an election going on, which tends to get overlooked in non-presidential election years.

Steen is touring the state, making sure voters know they need a valid photo ID when they come to the polls.

"I don't know what my expectations were. I'm glad it is going smoothly and we are working as hard as we can to make it go as smooth as possible," Steen said.

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.

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

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