In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. While pending review within the judicial system, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation. As a result, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections.
Georgia and Indiana adopted some of the first voter ID laws. This year, in addition to the Texas law, new or stricter photo-identification voting laws take effect in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.
For more information about elections, visit the Elections page for Anderson County at www.co.anderson.tx.us. Other links include www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates or www.votetexas.gov
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
The complete list of county, state and federal candidates is as follows:
• District Attorney — Republicans Doug Lowe (incumbent) and Allyson Mitchell
• County Judge — Republicans Robert Johnston (incumbent) and James W. Westley (current Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace)
• State District Judges
87th Judicial District — Republican Debra Oakes Evans (incumbent)
369th Judicial District — Republican Bascom W. Bentley III (incumbent)
• County Court at Law — Republican Jeff Doran (incumbent)
• District Clerk — Republicans Janice Staples (incumbent) and Sue Sessions
• County Clerk — Republicans Mark C. Staples and Misty Cross
• County Treasurer — Republicans Tara Lambright Holliday and Rafael Hernandez
• County Surveyor — Democrat Gene Russell (incumbent)
• County Commissioners
Precinct 2 — Democrat Rashad Mims I (incumbent); Republican Michael W. Lumpkins
Precinct 4 — Republican Joey Hill (incumbent)
• Justices of the Peace
Precinct 1 — Republican Gary Thomas (incumbent)
Precinct 2 — Democrat Carl Davis (incumbent)
Precinct 3 — Republican James E. Todd (incumbent)
Precinct 4 — Republican James Sharp
• State Senate, District 3 — Republican Robert Nichols of Jacksonville (incumbent)