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October 19, 2013

Early voting begins Monday for Nov. 5 state constitutional amendment election


Early voting for this year's state constitutional amendment election opens Monday.

Voters in Anderson County can visit the Anderson County Courthouse Annex, 703 N. Mallard St., in Palestine. Early ballots may be cast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 1.

“Constitutional elections historically have low voter turn-out, so it'd be nice to see more voters get out this year,” Anderson County Elections Director Casey Brown said.

She reminds voters to bring an up-to-date form of photo identification when they vote, as per a new state mandate. All Texas voters are now required to present a form of photo ID to vote in person. According to the website,, forms of identification that will be accepted include:

• a Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);

• a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;

• a Texas personal identification card issued by DPS;

• a Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS;

• a U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph;

• a U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph; or

• a U.S. passport.

“With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place,” the website states.

This year's ballot includes nine amendment to the Texas State Constitution.

The House Research Organization (HRO) is a nonpartisan independent department of the Texas House of Representatives. It provides impartial information on legislation and issues before the Texas Legislature.

The HRO is governed by a broadly representative steering committee of 15 House members elected by the House membership to set policy for the organization, approve its budget, and ensure that its reports are objective.

The Texas House of Representative's House Research Organization (HRO) has published a breakdown of each proposed amendment, which can be found at the HRO's website,

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