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Voter ID law creates confusion

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HOUSTON - The turnout for early voting was meager, some say because many are confused about what kind, if any, identification is needed to cast a ballot.

Many lawmakers and elected officials called the situation a "crisis" and said they are concerned people are getting the wrong message about voting in the Texas primary.

"I spoke with a senior citizen who said she may not vote because she was confused," State Rep. Sylvester Turner said.

Last year the Texas Legislature passed a controversial voter ID bill, but those rules do not apply for this election. For Tuesday's primary election, all you need is to show your voter registration card, a driver's license, passport or any other acceptable form of ID. Rep. Al Green said one can even use their electric or phone bill to prove their residence.

At some polling locations, groups are keeping an eye on people showing up to vote, claiming they are trying to prevent voter fraud. But people who show up with their voter registration cards say they think it's an attempt to suppress turnout for elderly and minority voters.

There are other reasons, however, that the early voting turnout was low. The presidential primary is essentially decided and only a handful of local and state races have captured any attention.

If you still want to vote early, registered voters can cast a ballot at any polling place in the county they live in—but only during the early voting period.


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