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Early Voting Draws 1,900 Plus



by Elizabeth Ruiz

The first day of early voting in the November 5 Election drew more than 1,900 voters to the polls. The busiest site was in Windcrest where residents are electing a new Mayor, two City Counicl members and voting on a 1/4 cent sales tax  for street maintenance and repairs.

It's the first election under the state's new law requiring voters to show a photo ID, but Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen told 550 KTSA News most of the voters here already do that.

"We know here in Bexar County, 60 to 65 percent of the voters show a Driver License to vote because it's easier.  It's more convenient than carrying that yellow and white (voter registration) card," Callanen said.

Texas Secretary of State John Steen said there are seven types of photo ID's you can present at the ballot box.  You can show a driver license, passport, military ID, Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS, citizenship certificate with a photo, Texas personal ID card issued by DPS or a Texas election photo ID certificate.

"One thing to emphasize is that no eligible voter will be turned away at the polls because they don't have a photo ID," Steen told 550 KTSA News.

He says if you don't have a photo ID, you can vote with a provisional ballot.

"Then you have six days to go to the county registrar to straighten things out," said Steen.

Nine state propositions are on the ballot, as well as several municipal elections and a San Antonio River Authority race. 

Early voting continues through November 1 at more than 30 polling places in Bexar County.   The election is Tuesday, November 5.


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