AUSTIN, Texas -

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says criticism surrounding the state's first election under a new voter ID mandate is "overhyped" and being driven by partisans.

Abbott told The Associated Press on Monday that requiring some voters to sign affidavits was proven to be "no big deal" during early voting.

Democrats and opponents of the law have expressed concern that voters could be turned away or disenfranchised if the names on their ID and voter rolls don't exactly match. Poll workers are having voters sign affidavits if there are slight differences.

Abbott says he voted Thursday and also signed an affidavit because the name on his license and the one on voter rolls didn't exactly match.

Election Day is Tuesday. Texans are voting on nine proposed constitutional amendments.