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Early voting begins today in run-off primary elections

Early voting begins Monday in the run-off primary election in Texas after Governor Greg Abbott postponed the election from May to July due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Election day for the run-off primary is set for Tuesday, July 14.

The Hockley County Elections Office has also released guidelines voters will be required to follow if voting in person during the run-off primary.

The guidelines say that hand sanitizer will be available and voters must use sanitizer upon entry at the voting location.

Masks are strongly recommended but are not required. Voters may be asked to lower their mask to confirm their identity while checking in.

Only three voters will be allowed inside the voting place at one time.

Voters are asked to practice social distancing of at least six feet apart.

For voter safety, workers will be cleaning all voting equipment between each use. Voters will be allowed to bring their own marking instrument to mark ballots (black ballpoint pen).

If a voter is sick, running fever, or feeling ill, they must vote curbside. To vote curbside, contact the elections office by calling (806) 894-1105 to request a ballot be taken to your vehicle.

Those who are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 can also request a curbside ballot for their safety.

Voters can cast their ballots early between Monday, June 29 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Thursday July 2. They will also be able to vote early the week of July 6 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. through July 10.

The early voting location for Hockley County is the Hockley County Elections Office, located at 911 Austin Street in Levelland.

In the City of Sundown special election, the early voting location will be at Sundown City Hall, located at 809 S. Slaughter in Sundown.

The city is holding a special election for its street maintenance sales tax. The election was also originally set for May, but due to the pandemic, Governor

Greg Abbott signed an executive order allowing the city to move the election to July.

The election is to allow for a quarter of a percent of city sales tax to be used for street maintenance within in the City of Sundown.

The Republican candidates in the run-off primary include:

Every Texas county will have a spot on the ballot for the Justice for the 7th Court of Appeals District, Place 4, unexpired term as the race was left off two county ballots in Texas.

The candidates in the election include Larry Doss and Steven Denny.

There are two contested local elections that will be on the ballot in the upcoming run-off election.

The candidates for Justice of the Peace for Precinct No. 5 include Pam Kiser and Derek Lawless. Registered voters in voting precincts 16 and 32 will be eligible to vote in this election.

The candidates for Hockley County Commissioner for Precinct No. 3 include Dyrl Bush and Seth Graf. Registered voters in voting precinct 32 will be eligible to vote in this election.

On the Democratic ballot, there is a contested federal and state election.

The candidates for U.S. Senator include Royce West and Mary “MJ” Hegar. The candidates for Railroad Commissioner include Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo and Chrysta Castaneda.

The voting locations for election day are as follows:

–Precinct No. 14: Ropesville City Hall, located at 107 Hockley Main in Ropesville.
–Precinct No. 16 (11, 21, 45): Christ United Methodist Church, located at 1704 S. College Avenue in Levelland.
–Precinct No. 24: Sundown High School, located at 511 E. 7th Street in Sundown.
–Precinct No. 32 (33, 35, 36): Hockley County Tax Office, located at 624 Avenue H in Levelland.
–Precinct No. 44 (43): Anton City Hall, located at 400 Spade Circle in Anton.
–Precinct No. 45 (15): Smyer Elementary Library, located at 104 Lincoln Street in Smyer.

All precincts in the democratic primary will vote at the Hockley County Tax Office, located at 624 Avenue H in Levelland.

City of Sundown Special
The election day voting location in the City of Sundown special election will be held at Sundown High School, 511 E. 7th Street in Sundown.

Senate Bill 5, passed by the 85th Legislature, requires voters who possess an acceptable form of photo identification for voting to present that identification in order to vote in person in all Texas elections.

For voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.

Voters who do not possess an acceptable form of photo identification and cannot reasonably obtain one of the forms of acceptable photo identification may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

The declaration should acknowledge the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification, stating that the information contained in the declaration is true, that the voter is the same individual personally appearing at the polling place to sign the declaration, and that the voter faces a reasonable impediment to procuring an acceptable form of photo identification.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include: Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Texas Election

Identification Certificate issued by DPS, Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

Texas Handgun License issued by DPS, United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph, United States Citizenship

Certificate containing the person’s photograph, and a United States Passport (book or card).

A list of supporting identification if the person does not possess a form of photo identification is as follows: copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate; copy of or original current utility bill; copy of or original bank statement; copy of or original government check; copy of or original paycheck; or copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

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