Voting centers create new convenience for Smith County voters

Voting centers create new convenience for Smith County voters

TYLER (KYTX) – Texans head to the polls Tuesday to vote on seven constitutional amendments. Some local cities also have items on the ballot.

This election brings changes for Smith County residents in particular. Voters there can now cast their ballot at one of 34 locations. For the first time, they are not limited to the voting location in their precinct.

“In the past, the precinct voting on Election Day you had to go to one place regardless,” said Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson. “But this gives the flexibility and convenience to the voter.”

Nelson expects this could increase voter turnout over time – something Smith County has already seen this election. About 2100 people voted early in this election, compared to roughly 1600 in November 2013. Nelson thinks part of the increase could stem from information the county sent residents about the new voting options.

“We normally don't send out an informational flyer, but it was part of the requirements for the vote centers,” Nelson said.

As you head out to cast your ballot, Nelson suggests finding the most convenient polling location.

“Look at the list and make sure you're not going to a location you went to last year that possibly could've changed,” said Nelson. “So just double checking that the place you're going to is actually open.”

While you don’t have to present a voter registration card to cast your ballot, all Texas voters are required to present a photo ID whenever they vote. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID.


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