MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Elections offices in Midland and Ector County will be busy the next two weeks as early voting gets into the swing of things. Especially since this year both counties saw an increase in registered voters from four years ago.
Midland has seen almost 6,400 registered voter increase since 2012. In Ector County, that number was around 5,000. Officials have a feeling on what races will be hotly contested.
Mitzi Scheible, Ector County Elections Administrator, said, "We have the city election for the council member of District 1 and that covers six precincts."
Deborah Land, Midland County Elections Administrator, said, "We have a couple of constables, county commissioners, and a school board of trustees in both Greenwood and for MISD. When you're talk about somebody's property, their protection and education of their kids, that's always real important in people's hearts."
One thing voters would have to keep in mind if they decide to visit the polls early is the new voter identification laws. If a person doesn't have one of the seven proper forms of voter ID which could be used up to four years past the expiration date, then they would have to sign a form and provide the polling locations another form of ID. For example, a certified birth certificate or a copy of a utility bill.
"It's never really been a problem here," said Scheible.
"The first rule is, if you have a photo ID please bring it," said Land.
Early voting begins on Monday Oct. 24 and last until November 4. For polling locations and times, check below.
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