Early voting kicks off in county, state

Posted 10/13/20

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election began Tuesday in Madison County and will take place Monday through Friday until Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays Oct. 17 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Early voting kicks off in county, state

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Early voting for the Nov. 3 election began Tuesday in Madison County and will take place Monday through Friday until Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays Oct. 17 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Truman Kimbro Convention Center in Madisonville will be available for early voting along with North Zulch ISD (the aforementioned Saturday options will be offered at the Kimbro Center, but not NZISD).

Madison County Elections Administrator Janet Boone, who has overseen the unprecedented election at the local level, has worked tirelessly to assist citizens and follow the state’s protocols over the lat few months of consistent uncertainty.

On Friday, Boone tested her Hart InterCivic voting machines at the courthouse to ensure their functioning accuracy prior to the start of early voting. This process included tests for multiple different ballots from the four precincts, which were to be compared with results from Hart officials.

When a citizen shows up to vote, they will answer basic questions at a check-in station, which will automatically provide volunteers with information such as if said citizen had received a mail-in ballot, and if that ballot was returned and counted.

If it has not yet been counted, citizens will have the ability to scrap said ballot and vote in person.

After completing this process, the voter will receive an access code, which they will take to one of the machines and submit to receive their appropriate ballot.

After completing their ballot, citizens will be thanked for doing so and greeted with an image of an American flag on the tablet.

The Kimbro Center will have 12 of the Hart voting machines available for citizens, all of which will be socially distanced at least six feet apart. The volunteers will be able to identify an active machine by the blinking blue light on its back. If the light is solid, the machine is in between ballots.

The machines also have the ability to accommodate handicapped voters with Braille and hearing devices. The tablets can also be removed and given to possible curbside voters, if necessary.

At the end of the night, election officials can print a code from the machine for submission, but cannot see how many votes were submitted per candidate. The information simply states how many ballots were counted per precinct.

The overall results, which will be confirmed by Hart, cannot be accessed in full by officials until Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Officials will release results for mail-in ballots and early voting only after 7 p.m. Nov. 3. They will then wait until all of the remaining votes are calculated before releasing the county’s numbers.

The Kimbro Center is located at 111 W. Trinity Street in Madisonville while NZISD is located at 11390 5th Street in North Zulch.

On Election Day itself, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Midway Community Center (5612 School Loop in Midway), Elwood Baptist Fellowship Hall (14527 OSR in Midway) and Sand Prairie Baptist Fellowship Hall (12652 FM 1452 in Normangee) as well as the Kimbro Center and NZISD.

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