Early Voting Begins, So Does Requiring Photo Identification

Early voting is underway for the November 5 elections. It is the first time voters will be required to show a photo ID at the polls.

Activity was picking up in at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center in Neartown, where Harris County Clerk and chief election official Stan Stanart was the first to cast his ballot when the doors opened at 7 a.m. He says they’re ready for the changes:

“Our clerks are trained, but you must have one of the acceptable forms of photo ID — that being the driver’s license personal ID, the conceal-carry license — none of those expire more than 60 days — a passport, the new election ID, the personal, the military ID, and also the certificate of naturalization with a photo.”

Stanart says based on strong ballot by mail returns, he expects overall voter turnout to be higher than the last mayor’s race:

“There’s a lot of other issues on the ballot as well. You got your nine constitutional amendments, the Astrodome, the joint jail processing center for Harris County. Voters can find their personal ballot on www.harrisvotes.com. They can the early voting locations. We’re going from 37 to 40 now in Harris County, and if you wait until Election Day you can find your Election Day polling location as well.” 

There are also several school district and municipal utility district elections, as well as the creation of a state water fund on the ballot. The DPS has set up two additional mobile locations in Harris County for election identification certificates that can be used for voting. Any voting information can be found at HarrisVotes.com. Early voting will run from now until November 1st.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

For more, visit KUHF’s Election Coverage and Information 2013.