Primary voting begins

Early voting begins today.

Before you head out to the polls, don’t forget to bring a Photo ID.

Seven forms of photo ID are acceptable. Voters can elect to bring an election ID certificate, a driver’s license, a handgun license, a military ID with photo, a U.S. citizenship certificate with photo, or a U.S. passport, according to

Quite a few locations will be available through Feb. 26.

Most polling stations will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. But dates and times vary at some locations.

“It won’t be for lack of opportunity if someone doesn’t vote,” said Remi Garza, Cameron County elections administrator.

Every location will use a paper ballot, but for those with trouble writing or seeing, a marking device will be made available.

In the event a voter shows up to the polls without a proper form of ID, they will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. They will have six days to return and present the proper ID to the county elections office, Garza said.

This election cycle, voters will have to decide on a few races that would not normally be on the ballot.

Because of future developments, the Cameron County Courthouse will have room for two new courts: County Court-at-Law No. 4 and No. 5.

County Court-at-Law No. 4 will be contested by attorneys Carlos Monarrez, Daniel T. Robles, Rene Gomez, and Sheila Garcia Bence. No Republican candidates are running.

County Court-at-Law No. 5 will be contested by attorneys Estela Chavez Vasquez, Jesus T. Garcia, Jr., and Noe Robles. No Republican candidates are running.

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