NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A lot of Texans are taking advantage of the flexibility early voting provides. According to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, some of the largest counties in the state are reporting record or near record early voting turnout.

Secretary of State spokesman Rich Parsons touted of benefits of going casting your ballot early.

“We really encourage people to take advantage of early voting, because it’s most convenient, the most flexible opportunity for people to go vote,” he said. “They can vote at any polling place in their county of residence, at a time that’s most convenient for them.”

But there are those who prefer to wait until Election Day, which is a week from today, to cast a ballot. If that’s you, Parsons advises, “Make sure you check your precinct or your polling place location on your voter registration card, because some peoples polling locations may have changed as a result of redistricting.”

Early voting runs through November 2 and Election Day is November 6.

The Secretary of State’s Office also wants to remind Texans that photo identification is not required when voting during Early Voting or on Election Day. To cast a ballot during Early Voting or on Election Day, voters should present their Voter Registration Certificate or in lieu of a Voter Registration Certificate, at least one of the following:

  • A driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;
  • A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
  • A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity;
  • Your United States citizenship papers;
  • Your United States passport;
  • Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Information about Early Voting or Election Day voting can also be found on the website

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