Now that everyone who wishes to vote in the coming election is registered we can begin to concentrate on voting. For many years Texas allowed voters who may be absent from the county on election day to vote during an early voting period. The state has also seen fit to allow voters who are over 65 or may have a disability preventing them from entering a polling location to vote by mail. These opportunities to vote at a time, other than on Election Day, have been expanded both in time and place.
Early Voting By Mail is not for everyone. There are certain qualifications for individuals who wish to vote by mail. These have to do with age, ability, and location. The age part is for those who are 65 years of age on or before Election Day. The ability refers to those who are unable to enter a polling location. The location is related to being outside the county of residence during early voting or on Election Day. This last one has a small tickler, you can be in the county but confined in jail and unable to get to a polling location, in which case a ballot can be mailed to the jail.
For those who qualify you must submit a written application to vote by mail and it must contain your signature. The signature is the part we use to verify the person making the request is the person who returned the mailed ballot. Applications are available at the Elections Office and online at vctx.org/elections under Mail Ballot.
While being over 65 is the most common kind of voter by mail it is also available for those who are currently away from home like students living at college and workers living most of the week in the city of their employment.
Applications for a ballot by mail must be received no later than October 30th at 5 pm.
Early voting in person is now a two week period prior to the election where any registered voter can vote at an early voting polling location. In Victoria County the Main Early Voting Polling Location is at 111 N. Glass. The Elections Office will be open for early voting in person beginning on Monday, October 22nd and everyday except Sunday until Friday November 2nd. The office will be open from 8 am to 5 pm each day.
Beginning on Friday, October 26th we will open two branch early voting locations. The first is the Patti Dodson City/County Health Department at 2808 N. Navarro. The other is at Inspiring Scents located in the Victoria Mall at 7800 N. Navarro, Suite 327. Each of these will be open the same hours as the Elections Office, 8 am to 5 pm through Friday November 2nd.
On Saturday, October 27th we will open a moveable branch early voting site in collaboration with Bloomington ISD. The Saturday location will be at the DaCosta Volunteer Fire Department on Commerce Street which will open from 8 am to 5 pm. On Monday and Tuesday the Bloomington ISD Administrative Offices will host the early voting site on FM 616 with hours of operation from 8 am to 4 pm. On Wednesday through Friday early voting in person will be at the Bloomington Fire Station located at 551 E Second Street in Bloomington and open 8 am to 5 pm.
Any Victoria County registered voter may stop at any of the early voting sites and cast their ballot in the November General Election. More and more people are taking advantage of early voting. While it used to make up about 10% of the votes cast in an election, early voting now accounts for almost half of the total votes.
For more information contact the Elections Office at:
firstname.lastname@example.org 576-0124 111 N. Glass
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