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Election officials remind voters of photo ID law
By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - A new law may take some voters by surprise at the polls on Tuesday.
The new Texas Voter ID Law will require all voters to present a photo ID before they can vote.
"What the state is trying to do is match your photo ID with your voter registration roles," said Javier Chacon, Elections Administrator for El Paso.
Texas voters can bring in one of seven different types of IDs.
The different forms of identification include a Texas driver license, a Texas personal identification card, a Texas Election Identification certificate, a Texas concealed handgun license, a U.S. military ID, a U.S. citizenship certificate, or U.S. passport.
If the voter's name even slightly does not match, you will have to fill out an affidavit form stating that you are the same person on the list of registered voters.
"It's a simple process, it doesn't take very long," Chacon said. "So far it's been a very smooth transition in early voting."
Chacon added they are expecting a strong turnout at the polls on Tuesday.
Chacon said approximately 5,200 people have cast early ballots.
"Compared to two years ago, we had 2,000 more people participate in this election," Chacon said. "In 2011, we had approximately 3,200 cast early ballots."
On the ballot, Texans will vote on nine different propositions.
The most popular is Proposition 6 calls for the creation of funds for the State Water Plan.
West El Paso resident Rosemary Perozzi said she could not be more prepared to cast her ballot on Tuesday.
"Voting gives you the right to voice your disagreements and whatever you don't approve of," Perozzi said.
However, a majority of the people KFOX 14 spoke with said they do not plan to vote this election.
"I didn't know there was going to be a vote tomorrow I didnt know what the issues are," said Upper Valley resident, Bill Paxton.
Voters must go to their assigned precinct on Tuesday.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information on the election, contact the El Paso Elections Department at 915-546-2154.