ON THE BALLOT: What you need to know about the March primaries

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Early voting started Tuesday across Texas leading up to Super Tuesday on March 3. With hundreds of statewide and local races, it can be hard to keep track of what will be on the ballot this year.

KETK is here to help you manage your time with a short digital special previewing what to expect when entering the polling place.

For a list of each of the propositions, you can click HERE.

Voters must be registered and have the appropriate forms of ID in order to cast a ballot. To check your registration and see more information on voter identification, check the Texas Secretary of State’s Vote Texas website.

Identifications on voting day:

  • Passport
  • US Military photo ID
  • Texas personal ID card
  • US citizenship certificate

Polling locations are open around East Texas from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and locations can be found on the voting website.

Voters can also find a sample ballot for their county and for the Democratic and Republican primaries at VoteTexas.

Speaking about concerns, Katie Owens with the League of Women Voters, says that voter turnout is always a recurring concern.

“Voter education is a big thing as well, we always want to make sure voters are educated what’s on the ballot, who’s on the ballot, so there’s plenty of resources for that,” said Owens. “

You can find those resources HERE.

“A lot of people don’t realize with a big election like this that we have two full weeks of early voting and that includes Saturday and Sunday,” said Karen Nelson with the Smith County Elections Office .

Notes about the polls:

  • You are allowed to bring a piece of paper with notes about your selections
  • You can vote at any of the polling places in your county

After the November elections left long lines and many voters confused, volunteers received extra training ahead of the March primaries.

“For one we are going to have all five early voting locations open so that will help and then like I said we are deploying all of our resources out. Extra clerks will also be out,” said Nelson.

Early Voting Centers

Voting Process

  • Show photo ID
  • Given activator card that goes into the voting machine
  • Cast vote
  • Choices appear on the screen
  • Print card and paper will go into scanner

“We’re actually called a paper ballot county now, so you’re actually going to be voting on a touch screen and your choices are printed out on a ballot card and then the voter feeds that into the tabulator before they leave,” said Nelson.

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