POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 4:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:41am
EDINBURG, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Edinburg's special election for a city council seat is coming down the home stretch.
It's the first election sine the passing fo the Voter-ID law, which requires state-issued identification for all voters. Supporters of the law say it will weed out voter fraud. Opponents say there's negligible fraud to be found, and is a barrier to democracy.
"Usually you change things because it's broken, or things need to be fixed," said Juanita Valdez-Cox, executive director of La Union Del Pueblo Entero. "But you don't change laws just to add obstacles to people's right to vote."
After two weeks of early voting, 2,245 ballots have been cast. Election day is Saturday. Officials say there haven't been any problems so far; which means they would have to return with valid identification or have their vote thrown out.
"The first day we had three people vote provisional, don't know if it's because they don't have ID with them or for another reason," said Irma Garza, speaking for the city of Edinburg. "But we haven't had any complaints, we haven't had anybody turned away because they didn't have a photo ID with them."
Industry watchers say the Edinburg race is going to be a microcosm of what will happen under the controversial ID law.
But turnout for a local September election doesn't typically draw the biggest crowd. So many groups in opposition to the law are gearing up for bigger fish come November and March.