Early voting extended for Nov. 3 election

Posted 8/25/20

A number of changes are coming to Madison County for the Nov. 3 election, including Madisonville’s main polling location as well as the amount of time citizens will have to early vote.

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Early voting extended for Nov. 3 election

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A number of changes are coming to Madison County for the Nov. 3 election, including Madisonville’s main polling location as well as the amount of time citizens will have to early vote.

“(Texas Governor Greg Abbott) signed a proclamation allowing an additional week of early voting,” said Madison County Elections Administrator Janet Boone. “Early voting is going to start Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will run until Oct. 30.”

Early voting hours will last from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays, but Madison County will also offer Saturday voting on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In contrast to past years, citizens will vote at the Truman Kimbro Convention Center. The Kimbro Center and the North Zulch Independent School District Administration Building will both be available for early voting, but NZISD will not be open on either Oct. 17 or Oct. 24, the county’s Saturday options.

On Nov. 3, election day, citizens can vote at the Kimbro Center, NZISD, the Midway Community Center, Elwood Baptist Church and Sand Prairie Church from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, two Republican candidates and conservative leaders filed a suit to block Abbott’s order adding six days of early voting due to the pandemic, arguing it is a violation of the Texas Constitution.

The lawsuit was joined by Republican candidates Bryan Slaton, who is running for the Texas House after defeating Rep. Dan Flynn in the GOP runoff, and Sharon Hemphill, who is running for district judge in Harris County.

As of now, mail-in voting rules remain roughly the same as they have been in the past. In order to qualify, citizens must be aged 65 or older, disabled, or out of the county during the early voting period and election day.

“I have about 250-275 (mail-in voting applications) right now,” Boone said Friday. “I am getting applications daily. The laws have not changed, you still have to comply with one of those three reasons in order to get a mail-in ballot.

“You have to fill out an application and have it into my office before Oct. 23. Because of the mail situation, it would be advisable to get it in as soon as possible.”

Boone estimates she will receive the ballots from the state sometime at the end of September.

There is, however, one change regarding mail-in voting. In the past, citizens were required to either mail back their ballots or drop them off in person to the early voting clerk after early voting had already began.

“The governor did change that one regulation and you can drop it off any time,” said Boone. “Once I send you your mail-in ballot, and once it is done, you can mail it back or drop it off in person. This can be anytime after you receive the ballot.”

Citizens will be required to present identification upon dropping off their ballots.

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