Early voting a success

Monica Cortez(KTSM)

POSTED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 6:51pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 7:46pm

Texas voters headed to the polls under the first ever voter ID law.

Even with the new law, election officials say early voter turnout was a success.

As we have been reporting, under the new Texas law, registered voters are required to present a government issued id at time of voting.

But as an election official tells NewsChannel 9, this additional requirement didn't stop people from casting their votes.

"There were 2000 more people than In 2011," said El Paso County Election Administrator Javier Chacon.

Chacon said the turnout this year was better than 2 years ago.

"the grand total was 5289 compared to 3290," he said.

He said the new requirement didn't stop people from casting their vote.

The new law states you need a government issued id in order to vote.

This would include a military ID, a Passport, a driver’s license and even a concealed hand gun photo ID. The new requirement will help identify the voters at the time of voting.

"Right now when you process them,” said Chacon. “Your driver's license or photo ID has to match our records.

“All we are asking you is to make sure and fill out a correction form, you'll still be able to vote. You'll still be able to process.”

Even though early voting turnout surpassed expectation, overall only about 2 percent of the registered voter population made it to the polls this off year election.

"I was figuring more people would vote, but on an election like this, where it’s just mostly amendments, people just don't show up," said voter James Tift.

Others voters agree. Some say even if you don't know enough about the propositions, you should still show up and vote.

"I think it’s more important to come out and vote, even in the newspapers they show what the propositions are,” said Robert Gonzalez. “And it’s just to represent the community."

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