Today is primary day in Texas. Polls will be opening at 7 o’clock this morning and will remain open until 7 o’clock tonight. However, Secretary of State Nandita Berry told KTRH things could change if the weather gets worse.
“Certain places may open later and close later. That just depends on the weather and the place,” Berry said.<PSI_END_OBJECT>
Your local county elections office will have more info, so call before you head out this morning. Today will also be the first real test of Texas' voter ID law. So what will you need?
“A Texas driver’s license, personal identification card, concealed handgun license, a U.S. military ID, U.S. citizenship certificate or U.S, passport,” Berry stated.
You can also vote with an election identification card under the Voter ID law. And Berry says you can vote provisionally without an ID but must provide one within six days to have your vote count. Catherine Engelbrecht of True The Vote told KTRH identification wasn't an issue in early voting.
“Everything went as well as we hoped. The law is working, just as the majority of Texas voters knew that it would,” Engelbrecht explained.
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Changes Coming to Austin
The face of Texas politics will begin to change today with the primaries. Most of it, according to strategist Bill Miller, is because of Governor Rock Perry.
"With Perry’s departure, people moving up and around you have a lot of competitive races. You’ll see a higher than normal turnout,” Miller said.
And the campaign that has been going on for the last few months has been more about what’s going on nationally and less about what’s been going on in Texas.
“If you can say bad things about President Obama more often than your opponent then you are a better choice,” Harvey Kronberg of the Quorum Report said about what he’s noticed over the last few months.
While Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are expected to win easily today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst faces a stiff challenge.
“He has three challengers. The race has gotten bitter and personal,” Kronberg stated.
A runoff is expected in that race, with Kronberg and Miller expecting State Senator Dan Patrick to be his likely opponent on May 27th.
More runoffs expected
A runoff is also expected in the race to replace Abbott as Attorney General. The Comptroller’s race could be headed for a runoff too, and Kronberg says that’s the one that could surprise people.
“Debra Medina, who has almost no money and the highest name recognition among voters could shock candidates like State Senator Glenn Hegar,” Kronberg explained.
Will the Bush Legacy continue?
Another name on the ballot today is Bush. George P. Bush is running for Land Commissioner.
“He will win easily. He will win easily in the fall. He’ll be our next Land Commissioner. There’s no question about it,” Miller said.
John Cornyn is expected to cruise today as he runs for another term in the Senate. Among his challengers is Congressman Steve Stockman, who has taken criticism for his lack of campaigning.