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Smyer hosts election for alcohol, sales tax

Early voting began this week in the state election for constitutional amendments, and for the local election at the City of Smyer for alcohol sales and a two percent sales tax.
Currently, the City of Smyer does not collect a sales tax inside its city limits. If approved, the city would earn two percent in sales tax off sales at the new store, Horseshoe Number 4, owned by Chissum, being built on Highway 114.

Construction has been ongoing for the past several months and was expected to be completed by November but has been delayed due to supply chain issues.

Regardless, when opened, the store will provide a new opportunity for Smyer residents who do not currently have access to a local grocery or convenience store.

Also on the ballot is the sale of alcohol within the Smyer city limits. The approval would allow the new store to sell beer and wine, and in turn for the city to collect sales tax on those items.

Jo Ann Beard, city secretary for Smyer, said the collections from sales tax would go towards the city’s maintenance and operations fund.

Early voting for the local election is taking place at Smyer City Hall, located at 202 Lincoln Street in Smyer. Voters can cast their ballots between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22; and on Monday, October 25 through October 27. Voters can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29 at Smyer City Hall.

On Election Day, November 2, voters can cast their ballots between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Smyer Elementary School Library, located at 401 Lincoln Street in Smyer. Voters in Smyer will also be able to vote on the state constitutional amendments at this location on Election Day.

There is only one early voting location for all of Hockley County for the state constitutional amendments election, which is the Hockley County Elections Office, located at 911 Austin Street in Levelland.
Voters can cast their ballots between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, October 18 through Friday, October 22; and from Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29.

The voting locations for Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, throughout the county include:

–Precinct 14, Ropesville City Hall, located at 107 Hockley Main in Ropesville;
–Precinct 24, Sundown High School, located at 511 E. 7th Street in Sundown;
–Precinct 44, Anton City Hall, located at 400 Spade Circle in Anton;
–Precinct 15, Gary Cain Insurance Office, located at 3392, S. State Road 168 in Smyer;
–Precincts 32, 21, 33, 35, 36 and 45, Hockley County Tax Office, located at 624 Avenue H in Levelland;
–Precincts 16 and 11, Christ United Methodist Church, located at 1704 College Avenue in Levelland;
–Precinct 43, Whitharral Lions Club building, located at 2nd Street and Highway 385 in Whitharral; and
–Precinct 46, Smyer Elementary Library, located at 401 Lincoln Street in Smyer.

Voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

The amendments that will be on the ballot for Texas voters include:
–Proposition 1, for or against: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.”
–Proposition 2, for or against: “The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped or blighted areas in the county.”
–Proposition 3, for or against: “The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”
–Proposition 4, for or against: “The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.”
–Proposition 5, for or against: “The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”
–Proposition 6, for or against: “The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”
–Proposition 7, for or against: “The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.”
–Proposition 8, for or against: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

The only early voting location in Hockley County for the November 2 election will be the Hockley County Elections Office, located at 911 Austin Street in Levelland.

When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID.

If a voter does not possess an acceptable form of photo identification and cannot reasonably obtain one, the voter may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting 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.

If a voter has continued access to their acceptable form of photo ID, but, for example, forgets to bring their acceptable form of approved photo ID to the polling place and/or left it, for example, at home or in their car, the voter still possesses the acceptable photo ID and must use it to vote.

Acceptable forms of 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; or
–United States Passport (book or card).

Alternative forms of ID if a person does not have access to an acceptable form of ID include:
–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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