Texas Secretary Of State Urges More People To Vote In Primaries

Tomorrow is the final day of early voting and Tuesday is election day for the Texas primaries. This is the second Texas election that requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

Nandita Berry was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to fill the role of Secretary of State just last month. This is her first time to oversee a statewide election.

Berry says the new voter ID law is going smoothly.

"People are aware that there's an election because there's been so much publicity about the voter ID law. And the efforts that the local election officials have put in, as well as our office where we have undertaken an advertising campaign, it's on TV, radio, print. And so clearly it appears to be that voter awareness has contributed to turnout."

Berry, who lives in Houston, was at the Multi-Service Center on W. Gray to cast her own ballot in the primary. She says turnout is up, although the primary elections still draw only the most dedicated voters.

"Turnout has actually been very good, statewide our numbers are up if you compare them with the 2012 primary. We have, at the end of eight days of early voting, including your mail-in ballots as well as in person, our turnout is 4.08 percent whereas in 2012 it was something like 3.72 percent. So we've seen a slight increase."

For perspective, that means about 550,000 of the state's 13.6 million registered voters have cast ballots so far in this election.

For find your polling location, visit the Texas Secretary of State website.


Laurie Johnson

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