by Meghann Garcia, managing editor
The two-week early voting period begins Tuesday in advance of the March 6 party primary elections.
Uvalde County residents who are registered to vote may cast early ballots in the Willie De Leon Civic Center’s Cactus Room, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each business day through March 2, and 9 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.
While voters may choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary election, regardless of party affiliation or preference, they may vote in only one party primary.
Voters need some form of photo identification unless they cannot reasonably obtain a photo ID. Acceptable photo IDs include a Texas driver’s license, Texas election identification certificate or personal identification card issued by Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas handgun license, U.S. military ID card, U.S. citizenship certificate or U.S. passport.
For voters 18-69, the photo ID must be current or no more than four years expired. For voters 70 and older, the photo identification may be expired for any length of time.
Voters who cannot obtain a photo ID may present a copy of or an original government document that show’s the voter’s name and address such as a voter registration certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or birth certificate.
“We will have extended hours for both weeks of early voting so there are plenty of options of when to vote,” said Melissa jones, Uvalde County election administrator. “We strongly encourage everyone to vote during the early voting period so that voters have ample opportunity to make it to the poll.”
Voter eligibility includes being a United States citizen, resident of the county where the application is submitted, and reaching the age of 18 prior to election day.
Felons who have not completed sentences, probation or parole are ineligible to vote as is anyone who has been declared in court to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated.
On election day, voting will take place at polling sites throughout the county between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Please see a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News for a listing of all polling precincts.
Applications for mail-in ballots are now being accepted. The deadline to apply for a ballot by mail is Feb. 23; all applications must be in the election administrator’s office – and not just postmarked – by that date. Those ballots need to be returned before election day, March 6.
Please see the sample ballots featured in the Sunday, Feb. 18 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.