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Texas begins first Election Day under voter ID law

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By PAUL J. WEBER and NOMAAN MERCHANT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The first Election Day in Texas under a new photo ID law is being as closely watched for how voters fare under the mandate as how they vote.

State officials say turnout is already high as Texas votes Tuesday on nine proposed constitutional amendments. Getting the most attention is a widely supported $2 billion plan to accelerate new water projects statewide.

The off-year election wouldn't be distinctive if it wasn't for the enforcement of the voter ID law. There's little drama on the ballot.

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott says a nearly twofold increase in early voting from 2011 shows the photo ID law isn't causing problems.

Democrats and opponents of the law say the potential for confusion, turned-away voters and disenfranchisement is real.

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