Voting underway for first primary of 2018
By Bryan Ramos
exas is the first state to kick off 2018 primary elections and has seen a surge in voters heading to the polls in setting up a big day across the state.
Polls close at 7 p.m. tonight for those who didn’t get their vote in during the early voting period, which saw an increase in voters. The Texas Secretary of State reported a surge of Democratic voters take advantage of the early voting period as D’s cast 465,245 ballots, while Republicans cast 420,329 ballots.
If you’re voting in Hidalgo County, you can find your Election Day polling location here. For more information, call the Hidalgo County Elections Department at (956) 318-2570.
Starr County Election Day sites by precinct
Starr County Courthouse, Precinct 1 – Commissioners Court, 401 N. Britton Ave., Rio Grande City
Old City Hall Building, Precinct 2 – 101 S. Washington St., Rio Grande City
Escobares Community Center, Precinct 3 – 4829 Old Highway 83 Escobares, Roma
Abel Gonzalez Community Center, Precinct 4 – 1501 FM 1017 San Isidro, Rio Grande City
Catholic Church Parish Hall, Precinct 5 – 1155 N. FM 649, El Sauz
Roma Community Center, Precinct 6 – 502 Sixth St., Roma
Salineno Community Center, Precinct 7 – 68 Salineno Road, Salineno
El Cenizo PK. Building, Precinct 8 – 70 Old Casita Road, La Casita
La Victoria Community Center, Precinct 9 – 532 Gabriela St., Rio Grande City
La Rosita Community Center, Precinct 10 – 4192 W. U.S. Highway 83, La Rosita
Those with questions on the early voting and Election Day schedules and locations, call the Starr County Elections Department at (956) 716-4800.
These are all acceptable forms of Voter ID:
- Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
- Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
- U.S. Military Identification card containing voter’s photograph
- U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing voter’s photograph
- U.S. Passport (book or card)
The following forms of identification that can be presented at the polls if the voter cannot obtain, and has a reasonable impediment or difficulty obtaining one of the forms of acceptable photo identification, are
- Copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate,
- Copy of or original current utility bill,
- Copy of or original bank statement,
- Copy of or original government check,
- Copy of or original paycheck, or
- Copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
After presenting a supporting form of ID, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. For more information, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website for voting information, votetexas.gov.