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Andrade visits Smith County elections office

Secretary of State Hope Andrade Secretary of State Hope Andrade

Early voting has been going on in Texas for the last nine days, and Tuesday, the state's top elections official was in Tyler to talk about Texas' voting process.

Secretary of State Hope Andrade is on a statewide campaign, visiting elections offices and making sure they have what they need to run smooth elections.

She has also been sharing her "Make your Mark on Texas" effort to educate voters through the Secretary of State's website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and phone apps.

"Whatever our voters need, we're trying to provide so that they will go out and vote," said Andrade. "The good news is that it seems it's working because the voter turnout has been great, and so we're looking forward to Texas having another successful election."

Smith County elections officials say nearly 40,000 people had voted early as of Monday - and that they likely will pass the early voting number set in 2008.

"We used to say vote early, there's no line, you can be in and out, but you know this year, you will have to wait a little bit. I think typically when we've had our line at the longest it's been about a 30-minute wait," said Karen Nelson, the Smith County Elections Administrator.

"I got out of a full elevator and I have to say, that made me smile from the minute I got into that elevator, because all these people were coming to do early voting," said Andrade of her visit to the Smith County Elections Center.

Andrade says in her education efforts, she is reminding people that all they need to vote is a registration card or some form of identification - no photo I.D. is needed.

"We're committed and we want to make sure that every voter has all the information that they need to go out and vote," she said. "That's what I'll consider a successful election."

Early voting is still going on all week long.

To find out where and when to vote early in your county, visit the Secretary of State's early voting page.

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