Early voting starts next week

Not having time to go to the polls on Election Day really is no longer an excuse not to vote.

Choosing not to cast a ballot is any adult’s prerogative, of course. But with early voting starting Monday and running through next week, next weekend, and through Nov. 1, if you don’t vote, it can’t be blamed on the lack of opportunity.

There is lots of good information in the four pages of public notices printed by Kaufman County in this week’s edition, and it ran on Oct. 10, as well.

Early voting hours take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,  Oct. 21 through Oct. 25. 

Saturday hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday hours are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then early voting continues in the final week of October, from 7 a.m to  7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 1. Wow, those are some long hours!

So where can we go vote early? 

Voting officials are making that as easy as possible, as well. Locations are at the Kaufman County Courthouse; the Kemp, Forney and Terrell Sub Courthouses; and five elementary schools in Forney – the Lewis, Crosby, Blackburn, Criswell and Henderson campuses.

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 27 precinct polling places will be open throughout the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The list of polling places is on page 1B of this edition of your paper.

Also, mail-in ballots can be used for voters who will be out of town, are 65 or older, or disabled. The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 25.

 Issues on our county ballot this year include Proposition A, the $104 million in road tax bonds, and Proposition B, a $50 million bond to renovate the county courthouse and construct or improve a justice center, sheriff’s substations, constable and justice of the peace offices, administrative offices and tax offices.

There also are propositions to form two assistance districts, along with a two-percent sales and use tax to fund those districts. One is in the Cottonwood area in the southwestern part of the county, the other is between Crandall and Forney. 

I encourage you to vote this year, either in early voting or on Election Day.

Thanks for reading.

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