With early voting now over, the numbers of early voters in the Presidential election in Victoria County grew to record-setting numbers.

According to official figures, 2,298 people voted yesterday (Friday), bringing the total number of in person early voters to 20,071. The number of mail in ballots received so far is 2,667 making the grand total of early voters of 22,738

More official figures are expected over the next few days.

The general election is this Tuesday, November 8th, and polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. The Victoria County Elections Office reports that 35 polling places will be open on Tuesday. According to the office's website, the following are required to vote on Tuesday.

A voter must show an acceptable photo id at the polling place before the voter can be accepted for voting, unless the voter has a reasonable impediment to obtaining one of these forms or the voter qualifies for one of the other exemptions.

  • Texas Driver's License issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification issued by DPS
  • Texas Election Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
  • U.S. Military Identification Card containing the person's photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph
  • U.S. Passport
    (with the exception of the U.S. Citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification

If a voter has not been able to obtain one of the forms listed above and the voter has a reasonable impediment to obtaining such identification, the voter has the right to execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present one of the following supporting documents:

  • valid voter registration certificate
  • certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • copy of or original current utility bill
  • copy of or original bank statement
  • copy of or original government check
  • copy of or original paycheck
  • copy of or original other government document that displays your name and an address (though an original is required if it contains a photograph)

Exemptions: Voters with a disability may apply for a permanent exemption to presenting photo identification. Voters with a religious objection or voter who cannot present an acceptable photo id due to certain natural disasters may apply for a temporary exemption. Contact the voter registrar.

Provisional Voting: If a voter does not present one of the acceptable forms of photo identification listed above, which is not expired more than four years, and the voter does not have a reasonable impediment ot obtaining one of these forms of idetification, or if the voter does have one of the acceptable forms of identification, but did not bring it to the polling place, the voter may cast a provisional ballot at the polls and will have six (6) calendar days after election day to present a valid form of photo identification in the presences of the county voter registrar.

For more information, call the Victoria County Elections Office at 361-576-0124.

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