Early voters set new record in Brazos County

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 7:02 PM CDT
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Early voting ends Friday night at 8:00 p.m. and a record number of voters have turned out in Brazos County.

As of Friday morning, more than 37,000 voters cast an early ballot in Brazos County. It's 7,000 more than the two week total of early voters in the 2012 election.

Despite the record numbers, polling locations are still expecting a large turnout on election day next Tuesday. Trudy Hancock, the Brazos County Elections Administrator, advises election day voters to be patient and come prepared with proper identification.

If you're unsure of what form of identification is required to vote in this year's general election, qualifying types of photo ID include:

- State drivers 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 license to carry a handgun (issued by DPS)

- U.S. military ID card that includes a personal photo

- U.S. citizenship certificate that includes a personal photo

- U.S. passport

Voters without qualifying photo ID can still cast a vote if they sign a form swearing they have a “reasonable impediment” from obtaining appropriate identification.

Those voters will also have to present one of the following types of ID:

- Valid voter registration certificate

- Certified birth certificate

- Copy or original of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other document that shows the voter’s name and address.