Vote centers get first Election Day test

Sonny Long

Nov. 4, 2013 at 5:04 a.m.

For the first time in Victoria County, voters will cast ballots at vote centers during Tuesday's constitutional amendment election.

"The turnout should be more than two years ago at the last constitutional election amendment election," said George Matthews, Victoria County election administrator.

Statewide, voters have nine propositions to vote on, and across the Victoria area, six school districts are having bond elections.

Other special elections include late-night drinking issue in Port Lavaca, sales tax and bond election for the Port O'Connor Improvement District and a sales tax for unincorporated areas of Refugio County.

In Victoria, Matthews estimates a total voter turnout of about 8 percent at the county's 36 voting centers, where any registered voter can vote no matter the precinct.

"If early voting equals Election Day, then another 1,800 to 2,000 will vote tomorrow and give us a 4,000 total," he said.

Matthews reminds voters to have their photo identification.

"Photo ID went smoothly for the early voting. Most voter are aware, but reminders are always helpful," he said.

It's also possible to vote without ID.

"They will have to vote with a provisional ballot and then bring their photo ID to the office to 'cure' the lack of photo ID at the polling place," Matthews said.

Photo identification must be current or expired no more than 60 days prior to Election Day.

Approved forms of photo identification are a Texas driver's license, Texas personal identification card, Texas election identification certificate, U.S. military ID or Department of Defense civilian access cards with a photograph, certificate of citizenship with a photograph, U.S. passport with a photograph of the voter or a Texas concealed handgun permit.

Voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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