Early voting for the Nov. 8, 2011 elections began today (Monday, Oct. 24) and runs through Friday, Nov. 4. Around here, the only things on the ballot are the 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.
But, before you head out to the polls, the Texas Democratic Party and your local election officials have a few things to share.
1. There are going to be a whole lotta election changes beginning next year. But this election is held under the guidelines that have been in place for some time. Early Voting will be held in the same locations they’ve been:
- The Pct. 1 Barn in Buckholts — Oct. 24-28, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 – 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 4 – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- County Clerk’s office in Cameron – all day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- JP 3 office in Milano – all days 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- JP 4 office in Thorndale – all days 8:30 a.m. to noon; 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
2. The polls will be open election Day (Nov. 8 ) from 7 am to 7 pm. The polls have been consolidated for this election only. Here are the locations for election day:
- Precinct 1 — County Court House
- Precinct 2 — Cameron Community Center
- Precinct 3 — Rockdale Vol. Fire Department
- Precinct 4 — New Salem Home Demo. Bldg. Fair Park Rockdale
3. You don’t need a photo ID to vote in this election. The photo voter ID bill that passed the legislature last session has not been pre-cleared by the Department of Justice and has not gone into effect. All you need is your voter registration certificate or any of the many other acceptable forms of ID under current election law listed here.
4. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Nov. 1, 2011. More information about voting by mail can be found here.
5. Everyone will have Constitutional Amendments on their ballot. These are amendments to the Texas Constitution. You can read explanations of each amendment here. The Texas Democratic Party has no official position on any of these amendments and they have all been endorsed by the editorial boards of several major Texas newspapers including the Dallas Morning News.
6. If you have additional questions about voting in this year’s election, check out votexas.org or call our county election office at 254.697.2664.
See you at the polls!