Elections

Five things to know about Election Day

Ready for Election Day?

If not, here’s a few things to know before heading to the polls.

1. Get in line: Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in line by 6:59 p.m., you will still get to vote — even if the line is so long that you don’t cast your ballot until 9 p.m. And even though nearly half the registered voters in Tarrant County cast early votes, peak voting times such as when people get off work could bring long lines.

2. Cover up: Bring an umbrella. Rain chances are highest in the morning, at 30 percent, but should taper off after that even though it is expected to be cloudy all day long.

3. Be picture perfect: Bring a photo ID if you have one. If you don’t have one, you can still vote by signing a declaration stating why you couldn’t obtain a photo ID and then showing a document such as an original birth certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document.

4. Paper or electronic? On Election Day, Tarrant County voters have a choice of using paper ballots or the same Hart InterCivic eSlate machine used during early voting. Election officials advise anyone using the machines to go slowly, follow directions and call for election judges — before pushing the red cast ballot button — if there are any problems.

5. Read all about it: Keep up with the election on the Star-Telegram’s website, www.star-telegram.com. We’re providing unlimited digital access to all of the journalism — articles, videos and photos — that the Star-Telegram produces at no charge. If it’s on our website, it’s available to you. So, if you don’t know what’s on the ballot other than the presidential race, check out the Star-Telegram’s online voters guide.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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