State’s Top Elections Official Clears Up Voter Confusion

The state's top elections officer is in Houston spreading the word about next week's primary elections. Secretary of State Hope Andrade wants to clear up some misconceptions before voters head the polls May 29th.

Hope Andrade spent most of the spring waiting along with the rest of us for a judge to okay a primary date. It was finally set several months after it was originally scheduled. She tells KUHF that it’s time to move forward.

“Yes, there was confusion in the past. But now, all of us that are involved elections are really excited about the fact that we have a primary election date. The other thing that we’re doing is we’re making sure voters have all the information. We have a great website, votetexas.gov, that provides you all the information you may need on where, when and how to vote.”

Andrade coordinates elections across the state and has been busy the last few days spreading the word about what voters need to know. Early voting has been underway for about a week now and continues through Friday. She says some precincts have changed. More than 200 have been added in Harris County as a result of redistricting.

“We urge you that you review your voter registration card to make sure that you’re in the right precinct. Now if you vote early, you don’t have to worry about that because you can go to any polling place. But if you wait until election day, then yes you should review your voter registration card to make sure you’re in the right precinct.”

She says there’s still some confusion over the Voter ID law. She says for now, nothing has changed at the polls.

“There is no, I repeat no photo ID required at this time. Remember current law applies, so you continue to vote in the same manner that you have voted in the past. It would best that you bring your voter registration card and make sure that you sign the front of it, but if you don’t have your voter registration card, you can always use your driver’s license. You can use a bank statement with your name and address on it. You can use a utility bill with your name and address on it.”
Andrade has also spent some time shooting down e-mail rumors that may have confused voters. She says she’ll do what she can to set the record straight.

“There was one rumor in particular that keeps coming back and that’s on a constitutional amendment. And so my office put out a press release saying there are no constitutional amendments on this election. But people do send out those e-mails. If there’s ever any confusion, please feel free to call our office and we’ll clarify that immediately.”

That Secretary of website again is VoteTexas.gov. Harris County’s voters website is HarrisVotes.com

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