People headed to the polls may be in for a surprise. For the first time, Texas' new Voter ID laws are in force.
Progressive groups say the voter ID laws are unnecessary.
"There's no evidence that there's been any voter ID cases that would be fixed by any of these laws," Phillip Martin of Progress Texas said.
Opponents say it's a deliberate move to cut out specific groups of voters.
"Seniors, minorities, low-income folks -- people don't have the documents you need, a photo ID, to show that you can vote," Martin said. "It's just going to make it harder for people to vote and that's moving in the wrong direction."
In Travis County, poll workers have been trained to help voters comply as much as possible.
"Not to turn away any voter unless they have really exhausted every possible way of helping them that they can," Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said.
One of the more frequent problems that voters encounter is an expired ID.
"Older drivers who have quit driving. Their driver license might be out of date and they don't realize it," DeBeauvoir said. "If it's not within 60 days of being valid, if it's over-expired, there's really nothing any one can do."
The law also requires ID information and voter registration data to match.
"What we trained our election judges to do is to look at significant similarities," DeBeauvoir said.
The worst case is that a voter might have to cast a provisional ballot.
"Voters have the opportunity to come back in to present additional information, additional identification," DeBeauvoir said.
Election officials feel confident that implementing the new ID requirements will go smoothly, but voting rights activists say it's just another obstacle.
"Texas is a low information state -- we're already ranked last in the country in voting,” Martin said. “So we should be making it easier to vote, not harder to vote."
Many people still have questions about the voter ID requirements.
Check out these websites: www.gotidtexas.org, www.keepcalmvoteon.com or call 512-238-VOTE.