SAN ANTONIO -

Early voting started Monday for the upcoming November election.

In Windcrest, where voters are choosing a new mayor and two council members, resident June Dodd was one of the few people to cast a vote on the first day of early voting in the first election requiring voters to prove who they are with a picture ID. She wasn't bothered by the new requirement.

"I think it's an excellent idea," Dodd said. "I think the person who's voting should be known, and I'm tired of all these people being able to vote and you don't have any idea who they are."

Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen wasn't expecting any problems with the new voter ID law because it's not that big of change for local voters.

"Most of our voters, 60 to 65 percent of our voters, have all been voting with their driver's license," Callanen said.

In past elections, voters only needed to provide elections workers their signed election registration card to cast a vote, but Callanen said many voters didn't carry those cards on them.

"It really doesn't fit in the billfolds, and we hear from a lot of people say, 'it's at home in a safe place,'" Callanen said. "So they use their driver's license, and so this is just a continuation of that right now."

Those who don't have a Texas Driver's License can still vote with other acceptable forms of ID.

"Any ID that's been issued by the DPS, which is a driver's license, concealed handgun license, TX ID card for people who don't drive and the new election Identification card, which is for election purposes only," Callanen said.

So far not many people have requested an election ID card from DPS. Callanen said, as of last week, only "20 cards had been given out statewide."

While some critics argue the voter ID law is just a form of voter suppression, others say it will help keep elections clean.

"I think it's very good," said Windcrest voter Ann Marie Arnicar. "It's a right to vote, and I think they should be able to check who's valid and who's not valid."

Early voting continues for the next two weeks, ending on Friday, Nov. 1. Election Day is November 5.

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