(Seguin) -- Today marks the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 General Election. Several federal and statewide races including the position of Texas Governor will be on the ballot.
Local races also include Guadalupe County, the City of Seguin, City of Cibolo, City of Schertz, the Seguin Independent School District and the Green Valley Special Utility District.
Guadalupe County Election's Administrator Sue Basham says residents, who want to get a jump on early voting, are reminded to bring along one of the approved forms of photo ID.
"I know that there's been a lot of news on the voter I.D., whether or not people will need to bring them. Yes, they will need to for this election. We used that in the last primary election and the city and school elections in May so it's the same thing that people went through during those elections, probably the most common would be their driver's license. They need to make sure that they're current, they're not expired. If they're more than 60 days expired, they're going to need to have another form of photo I.D. to vote. The other most common is the military I.D.s, if the military I.D. has a photo I.D. and an expiration date on it. Then of course, those are valid as well. So they need to make sure that they bring some form of photo I.D. like that," said Basham.
Basham says any citizen who does not have an approved ID can apply for a free Election Identification Certificate at any DPS driver license office. She says there are remedies in place to help make peoples' votes count.
"If they don't have any of those, we've got two weeks before election day. They can always go renew their license at DPS if they would like and DPS will actually give them a temporary driver's license with a picture and all that information that we need or they can go to DPS and get a Texas I.D. card which is not necessarily a driver's license. It looks like a driver's license, but they can get those at DPS also. If they don't do that within this two week period of time or they don't realize that it expired until closer until election day, then we will provide them with a provisional ballot if they do not have the proper photo I.D. at that time. It will give them an additional six days after the election to go and get that and they would have to bring it to my office and provide proof and it would count," said Basham.
Basham says the normal early voting polling sites will all be in operation throughout these next two weeks. She says voters are reminded that it doesn't matter what location they choose to cast their ballots early.
"It's here at the Seguin Election's Office. Our Schertz Election's Office is open -- Grace Memorial Church over in New Braunfels on FM 725, Central Texas Technology Center which is over on FM 758 over by New Braunfels and by the New Braunfels Airport and then the New Berlin Community Center and that's on FM 775," said Basham.
City of Seguin officials have also announced that streets around the Guadalupe County Elections office will be opened during the election period. Access to the South Milam and Donegan Street location has been closed off for several weeks due to ongoing improvements to the city's infrastructure system.