by Jennifer Dong, staff writer
Tuesday is Election Day, and at the close of business on Friday only 497 people had taken advantage of the two-week early-voting period at the Willie De Leon Civic Center in Uvalde. Currently, 16,973 Uvalde County residents are eligible to vote in the election to determine a new state senator for District 19.
Election Day voting will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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.
On Election Day, Uvalde County voters should vote at their designated polling precincts. For this election, that means residents within Uvalde County precincts 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 will vote at the Cactus Room in the Willie de Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St., Uvalde.
Precinct 2 will vote in the Sabinal Public Library, 305 N. Center in Sabinal.
Precinct 3 will vote at the Utopia Senior Center on 22542 Ranch Road 187 in Utopia.
Precinct 4 will vote in Concan Community Building on Highway 127 in Concan.
Precinct 6 will vote at Montell Community Building on Highway 55 N. at Montell in Uvalde.
Precinct 11 will vote at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on 250 S Farm Road 1049 in Knippa.
Precinct 14 will vote in Heard School on Ranch to Market Road 1051 at Reagan Wells in Uvalde.
Early voting tallies
According to Uvalde County elections administrator and early voting clerk Melissa Jones, 37 people voted last Wednesday; 44, Thursday; and 81, Friday. On the first day of early voting, conducted July 16, 49 people voted; July 17, 49; July 18, 48; July 19, 37; July 20, 68; July 23, 41; and July 24, 43 people.
Early voting began July 16 at the Willie De Leon Civic Center in the Cactus Room, 300 E. Main St. in Uvalde and ended on Friday.
Why an election?
The special election was called by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in order to fill the vacant seat of former State Sen. Carlos I. Uresti, who resigned in June following multiple felony convictions.
Texas State District 19 comprises 17 counties: Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Zavala and parts of Atascosa and Bexar counties.
Under state law, a runoff election will take place if no candidate in a special election receives 50 percent of the votes.
In a runoff election, the two candidates with the most votes will vie against each other for the seat.
Eight candidates, including four Democrats, three Republicans and one Libertarian filed to replace Uresti.
The candidates include Democrats Pete Gallego, Roland Gutierrez, Charles Urbina Jones and Tomas Uresti; Republicans Jesse “Jay” Alaniz, Peter P. Flores and Carlos Antonio Raymond; and Libertarian, Tony Valdivia.
Alaniz hopes to fight for issues regarding children, education, teachers and veterans.
Flores’ goals are to fairly allocate public resources to the district and reform the appraisal district.
Gallego hopes to provide affordable health care and expand opportunities for small businesses.
Gutierrez plans to increase funding for public education and provide access to quality medical treatment.
Jones aims to foster cooperation between small towns and cities and protect veterans’ benefits.
Raymond’s goals are to improve transportation systems and eliminate city property taxes.
Uresti aims to raise the minimum wage and increase availability of health care.
Valdivia plans to restructure public school finance and end corporate welfare.
For more information on the candidates, please see the Page 1 story in the July 15 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
If the voter does not have a photo identification and is unable to obtain one, supporting forms of identification include a valid voter registration certificate, certified and original birth certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or original government documents with a name and address. After submitting the alternate form of identification, the voter will need to submit a reasonable impediment declaration.