Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Texas has expanded its early voting period for the Nov. 3 general election by an additional week starting Oct. 13 and ending Oct. 30. Early voting in Crockett County will be held at the Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center.
The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Oct. 23. The deadline for mail-in ballots to be returned to the county is Nov. 3.
Applications can be dropped off in person at the Crockett County Clerk’s Office before the start of early voting, or mailed applications must be received by the clerk’s office by Oct. 23.
The deadline for mail-in ballots to be returned to the county is Nov. 3. If they’re postmarked by 7 p.m. that day, they’ll be counted if they’re received by the county on Nov. 4 by 5 p.m.
The U.S. Postal Service recommends that Texans ask for mail-in ballots no later than 15 days ahead of that due date and that they drop completed ballots in the mail a week before the deadline.
For this election, absentee ballots can also be delivered to the county clerk’s office in person with a valid form of ID as soon as they’re completed and before the close of voting on Election Day.
Completed ballots from military or overseas voters are accepted if they’re received by Nov. 9.
Anyone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms, consider requesting an emergency mail-in ballot.
Emergency mail-in ballots can be requested in person or after the third day before the election and until 5 p.m. on Nov. 3.
To qualify, the person must have a certified doctor’s note. The ballot must be returned by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 to be counted.
Curbside voting is also available.
For more information, call the Crockett County Clerk’s Office at (325) 392-2022.
Precautions at the polls
The Texas secretary of state’s office has provided a checklist of health protocols for voters, including:
• Maintain six feet of separation from others, especially from individuals age 65 and older.
• Self-screen for any new or worsening signs or possible symptoms of COVID-19.
• Utilize curbside voting if you’re exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are eligible.
• Bring your own pen, pencil with eraser or stylus and hand sanitizer.
• Wash or disinfect hands upon entering and leaving a polling station, as well as after any interaction with people or voting equipment.
• Consider wearing a cloth face covering or face mask if available.
• If you contract COVID-19 or another sickness that prevents you from appearing at the polling place after the deadline to submit an application for a ballot by mail, contact your county election officer. You may be able to submit an “Application for Emergency Early Voting Ballot Due to Sickness or Physical Disability.”
Who’s on the ballot
Locally, Chip Magee and Antonio Alejandro III are facing each other for Crockett County Sheriff. Magee is running as the Democratic candidate and Alejandro is running as the Republican candidate.
Also, for Crockett County CCSD School Board in District 6, Mario Mendoza, Jody Moore and Josh Smith are all vying for that spot.
Along with the Presidential Election, other key federal and state races on the ballot:
• John Cornyn, Republican (Incumbent)
• Mary “MJ” Hegar
• Kerry McKennon, Libertarian
• David Collins, Green Party
U.S. House District 23
• Tony Gonzales, Republican
• Gina Ortiz Jones, Democrat
• Beto Villela, Libertarian
State Board of Education
• Jennifer Ivey, Republican
• Georgina C. Perez, Democrat (Incumbent)
Texas Senate District 19
• Pete Flores, Republican (Incumbent)
• Roland Gutierrez, Democrat
• Jo-Anne Valdivia, Libertarian
Texas House District 53
• Andrew S. Murr, Republican (Incumbent)
• Joe P. Herrera, Democrat
For a nonpartisan Voters Guide to compare candidates visit the League of Women Voters of Texas website at https://my.lwv.org/texas/voting-elections/what-ballot or VOTE411.org.
For more election informatoin, visit votetexas.gov.
Early Voting Oct. 13-30 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center
Election Day Nov. 3 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Pct. 1 - Convention Center, Pct. 2 - Senior Center, Pct. 3 - Civic Center and Pct. 4 - Chamber of Commerce