I'm currently living in Houston on a work assignment even though San Francisco is my home. Yesterday was the last day of early voting in Texas, and I went to my precinct on West Gray Street in central Houston to cast my ballot.
Romney will win Texas handily. But there was a seemingly big turnout at the community center where the polling place was located. The crowd in line waiting to vote was also very diverse -- young/old, male/female, African-American, Latino, Asian, white. That's the present and even more so the future of Texas, which will one day make it a purple state, perhaps as early as 2016.
And, since I had my Texas voter registration card, I did not have to show my picture ID, thanks to a judge who barred the Texas Republicans' attempts to suppress the vote. The poll workers were polite and efficient. The whole process took less than 30 minutes.