Ready To Vote? Here's What To Know

Texas County voters travel Tuesday to precincts to select their preference for U.S. president. Here’s a checklist of what you need to know:

– Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at 10 districts in the county.

– There are two new voting locations – Piney and Cass II will vote at the Houston Storm Shelter and Carroll, Current and Date will gather at the Summersville High School old gym.

Looking for your polling place? Find it here at the Secretary of State’s Web site.

– This is the fourth presidential preference primary election in Missouri’s history, according to the Columbia Tribune. Missouri used to have caucuses, but in 1988, when Dick Gephardt was running for president, the primary system was used as a one-time event. In 2000, the state switched again to primaries.

– Voters choose to participate in one party’s primary – Democratic, Republican or Libertarian.

On the Republican Ticket, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliana have the most support, according to opinion polls. Leaders in the Democratic field are Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. The Libertarian Party also has several candidates.

Still undecided? This table of each candidates’ beliefs and stances should help.

– According to the Missouri Revised Statutes, representatives from each party are allowed into polling places. They may record voters’ names and which ballot they choose as a way to track who’s voting in their party’s primary.

– Bring identification to your polling place. This can be a voter ID card, a driver’s license, a state- or school-issued ID, a Social Security card or a bank statement or bill listing a valid name and address.

Election coverage at www.houstonherald.com and on channel 7 in Houston, Licking and Raymondville cable homes.

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