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Texas Secretary of State issues voter information

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Tyler (KYTX) -- In less than two weeks, early voting gets underway before the March 4th primary election. Ahead of all the excitement the Texas Secretary of State wants to make sure you have the information you need to cast a ballot.

"We are going through rain, snow and sleet across every geographic corner of the state to make sure we do everything possible for voters to get that information," Nandita Berry, Texas Secretary of State, said.

Information that you'll need before heading to the polls, like having a photo ID if you vote in person.

"You can go with a Texas Driver's license, a personal ID, a concealed handgun license, or US passport, a citizenship certificate or a military ID," Berry said. 

For voters who don't have one of those forms, you can go down to your local DPS office to get a new election ID certificate.

"They can fill out the forms and get a free photo ID used for voting only," Berry said.

Elections administrators say there have been questions, but overall not too much pushback on the new requirement. "For the most part, people are just going with it and they understand it and they are fine," Karen Nelson, Smith County Elections Administrator, said.

Secretary Berry agrees through various efforts like what her team is doing now, everything has gone smoothly.

"We heard from all the county officials that it was a great success, voter turnout increased 66% in the November 2013 election, as compared to the 2011 election," Berry said.

Early voting takes place February 18th through February 28th.

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