Oct 21, 2013 12:48 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Voters are making their voices heard this morning, based on numbers from the first few hours of early voting in the Joint Constitutional election now underway.
County elections officials counted about 150 ballots as of about 10 a.m., based on a brief review of several polling locations around the county, said Nueces County Elections and Archives Manager Rochelle Limon.
The Corpus Christi Area Council for the Deaf, on McArdle Road, is seeing the most traffic, she said.
More than 40 people had been by there to vote as of 10 a.m., she said.
Early voting is not restricted to an assigned precinct.
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She said poll judges are reporting few issues with the state's new Voter ID requirement, which though under fire in the courts is the law of the land this election season.
Voters this year must present any one of five forms of identification or have a temporary voting ID - which requires a valid birth certificate - issued by the Texas Department of Safety.
If a voter does not have access to valid identification, the DPS is issuing free, temporary, election identification cards for those who have a valid birth certificate.
Voters can get a temporary ID, today and tomorrow, at the Nueces County Courthouse , Johnny Calderon Building in Robstown, the Greenwood Senior Citizens Center in Corpus Christi and the Flour Bluff ISD Maintenance Building in Flour Bluff.
Information the temporary ID is available on the Secretary of State website:
After that, they can go to the DPS office on South Padre Island Drive during normal business hours and on Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Limon said.
Limon said a common issue they're running into is when a voter's driver license does not match the name on their voter registration card. She said in that case, the voter is required to sign an affidavit that they are the same person named on both documents.
She said voters do not have to have a voter registration card to vote, if they have valid ID. But, they cannot show up with only a voter registration card and no identification.
Early voting locations close at 5 p.m., today through Friday.
She said it is obvious why voters are turning out in greater numbers than expected.
"We all know that answer and it's not the nine (statewide) amendments," Limon said in reference to the planned $44 million Destination Bayfront park.
The dialogue concerning the project has in recent weeks become more strident both for and against the downtown beautification project.