|Early voting, polling places detailed for general election|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Oct. 15, 2006 - With political events, campaign signs and ads cropping up all over the place, local residents are left in no doubt that it's that time of the year again -- election time.
While most are aware who the candidates are, some are unsure when and where to vote. Already, the Hopkins County Clerk's office has received a number of calls pertaining to the upcoming Nov. 7 general election, as well as who and when early voting and voting by mail may be conducted.
County Clerk Debbie Shirley says those county residents who have moved since the last election just missed the Oct. 10 deadline to submit a change of address so they are eligible to vote next month. However, those who have relocated within the same political subdivision may still be eligible to vote, provided they submit a change of address which would still let them vote in that precinct, as this falls under the category of “fail-safe” voting. However, this applies only to registered voters who have moved within their political subdivision.
Those planning to cast a ballot early may do so in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Monday, Oct. 23-Friday, Nov. 3., in the clerk's office at the courthouse annex facility at 411 College St. Those planning to cast an early ballot but are unable to do so during the week, will have two opportunities the last weekend of this month. Early voting will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The last day to vote early by personal appearance will be Friday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m.
The clerk's office will continue to accept applications for a ballot to be voted by mail through Halloween. All applications to vote by mail must be received by the early voting clerk before the close of business, which is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Applications to vote by mail may be submitted by mail, or common or contract carrier. Applications may also be submitted by fax, but only “if the applicant is absent from the county and a fax machine is available in the office of the early voting clerk.”
All early voting will be conducted at the courthouse annex, 411 College St. inside the former Houston Elementary School in Sulphur Springs.
The general election will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the 21 designated voting centers throughout the county. County residents should also note that the county clerk's office will be closed on Nov. 7 for all business except the election.
County polling places by precinct designation are as follows:
1 — Lutheran Church, 1000 Texas St., Sulphur Springs
1A — City Hall, 125 S. Davis St., Sulphur Springs
2 — VFW Hall-Women's building, 1103 Whitworth St., Sulphur Springs
2A — Senior Citizens Building, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Sulphur Springs
3 — New Beginnings Church, 155 North Jackson St., Sulphur Springs
3A — Miracle Revival Church, 1318 North Jackson St., Sulphur Springs
4 — First Christian Church, 207 North Davis St., Sulphur Springs
4A — League Street Church of Christ, 1100 South League St., Sulphur Springs
5 — Saltillo Community Center, FM 900, Saltillo; 8 — Reilly Springs Community Center, 503 County Road 2439 ES, Sulphur Springs
11 — Cumby Community Center and Fire Station, 101 Main St., Cumby
12 — Sulphur Bluff Community Center, 60 FM 71 NS, Sulphur Bluff
13 — Como Community Center, downtown Como
14 — Pickton Community Center, 521 County Road 417 ES, Pickton
16 — Miller Grove Community Center, 658 FM 275 WS, Cumby
17 — North Hopkins School, 1994 FM 71 west, Sulphur Springs
20 — Ridgeway County Barn, State Highway 11 west, Sulphur Springs
23 — Weaver Baptist Church, 782 County Road 531 SS, Saltillo
24 — Dike Community Center, 674 FM 69 ES, Dike
25 — Brashear Community Center, 160 FM 2653 ES, Brashear
36 — Arbala Community Center, 550 FM 567 WS, Yantis