In the last municipal election, citizens overwhelmingly voted in favor of implementing photo ID requirements for city elections. Acceptable forms of photo ID include a card issued by a government agency, driver's license, credit or debit card with photo, union card and professional association card. Those who do not have these forms of photo identification can contact the city clerk's office at 891-5004 to find out how to obtain a free photo ID through their office.
The upcoming special election in July and August will be the first with the photo ID requirement in force. Early voting and convenience locations will allow voters to easily fit voting into their schedule. The November 2012 election that had voters pulling their hair out in frustration was a county-run election and should have no bearing on the upcoming city special election.
In response to a few who have suggested mail-in ballots, which have not been used in years and were only used one time, I believe this would leave a wide opportunity for voter fraud and would be a step back considering our new and yet unused photo ID requirement.