Edinburg election begins

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:55am

Early voting is underway for Edinburg's place 1 city council seat.  

The race is getting statewide attention.  It's the first election under the Texas voter ID law.  To vote, one must have state-issued identification.  Without one, voters cast a provisional ballot.  And they will have six days to show proof of identity.  

"I think it's a plus, I'm for the ID law," said candidate John De La Garza. "I think it's great.  I think we need to make sure we know who's voting."  

De La Garza is one of three candidates in the race.  Of the three, only Armando Marroquin opposes the voter ID law.  There were five pollworkers in Edinburg Wednesday.  All of them had to go through training in preparation of the new law.  

Civil rights groups and the Department of Justice have filed lawsuits to block the provision.  Last year, a federal court struck down a similar ID law. Saying it unfairly burdens minorities and the poor.  

"Part of being a responsible citizen is having a picture ID," De La Garza said. "I don't think it works against them."  

A certified copy of a birth certificate to get a free election ID card costs $22. Those who fill out a provisional ballot and can't show proof of identification will have six days before the vote is tossed out.  

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