Preparations underway for Election Day



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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 12:51 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- The clock is ticking. Polls will open Tuesday for the November election.

Counties are bracing for potential problems.

"The things that we're finding are a little bit surprising. Fifty percent of our voters have some kind of name issue, small name issue, that's resolved at the polling place. We didn't think it was going to be that high," said Travis County Clerk, Dana DeBeauvoir.

This is the first election since a new state law went into effect requiring voters to show an I.D.

"Everything's probably going to be fine, and we are there to help you. The judges have all been trained to try to help you in the best way they can, exercise your right to vote," said DeBeauvoir.

The ballots include nine Texas Constitutional amendments. Proposition 6 is garnering the most talk. It asks voters to approve $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to create a State Water Bank. That money would then be used for water projects across Texas.

There are also propositions specific for counties or cities. In Austin, voters will decide on a $65 million Affordable Housing Bond. They turned down a similar plan last November.

In Williamson County, two propositions funding roads and parks. Proposition 1 includes $275 million for road construction and improvements. Proposition 2 is a $40 million plan for parks and recreation.

Voters in certain parts of the surrounding counties will also elect new city leaders including mayors and city councils. In House District 50, voters will elect a new candidate to fill Mark Strama's seat. Strama left it in June to head up Austin's new Google Fiber project.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 5.

Go here for voter information and polling locations.