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IMPORTANT election, voting information

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

New voter registration cards have been mailed to all residents of Bandera County - that's the good news. The bad news, according to Election Administrator Toba Perez-Wright, is that approximately 500 of the cards have been returned as undeliverable.

"That doesn't mean the people can't vote in the upcoming election," said Perez-Wright in an interview on Thursday, April 26, "but we would like to update correct addresses."

She explained that if no activity is demonstrated within two years, such as updating an address or casting a ballot in an election, the names would be purged from the voter registration roll.

County residents who have not yet received their new voter registration cards are urged to call Perez-Wright at 830-796-8146 or email her at banderaelections@indian-creek.net.

The last day to apply for an absentee ballot - aka ballot by mail - is Tuesday, May 22. The application must be received, not merely postmarked, on that date. Reasons for voting by mail include being age 65 or older, having a disability, an expected absence from the county or confinement in jail. If a registered voter is going to be out of town for the election, the absentee ballot must be mailed to an address outside the county.

"Rep. Lamar Smith recently sent out a mailing about absentee ballots and the requests have picked up quite a bit," Perez-Wright said.

Additionally, there have been some changes in county polling places due to precinct re-districting. Residents in Voting Precinct 305 in Precinct 3 will now cast ballots at the Ray Mauer Annex - aka courthouse annex and tax office - 403 12th Street, in Bandera, for both early voting and on Election Day, Tuesday, May 29. The previous polling place for Voting Precinct 305 was at the Bandera Electric Cooperative. On Election Day, residents of Voting Precinct 407 in Precinct 4 will cast their ballots at the Bandera ISD Transportation Bus Barn, 1576 Highway 173 South, located just before Alkek Elementary School. The previous polling place had been at the Bandera County Public Library.

In addition, due to a large number of voters, on Election Day, most Castle Lake residents will cast ballots in Voting Precinct 101, Precinct 1 at Bandera High School, 474 Old San Antonio Highway. For questions, Castle Lake residents are asked to contact Perez-Wright.

Early voting takes place weekdays from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday, May 14, through Friday, May 25. Polling places for early voting include the Roy F. Mauer Annex, Medina Annex, 161 East Parker Street, in Medina; and the Lakehills Area Library, 7200 FM 1283, in Lakehills.

The Texas Primary Election will take place Tuesday, May 29, with run-offs on Tuesday, July 31. Voting in the run-off election will take place in the courthouse annex on 12th Street.