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2014-02-13

Early voting begins Tuesday

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Early voting in the March 4 Primary Election begins Tuesday, Feb. 18 and continues through Friday, Feb. 28. Registered voters may cast their ballots in either the Republican or Democratic Primary elections at any of three locations in Bandera County: The Ray Mauer Annex at 403 12th Street in Bandera, the Lakehills Area Library at 7200 FM 1283, and the Medina Annex at 161 East Parker.
Voting hours are 7:30 am through 5:30 pm weekdays.
Registered voters may vote in only one party's election.
The Primary Elections are elections held by each political party to determine which of their candidates will be on the ballot in the General Election in the fall. In the General Election, voters may vote for candidates from any party as well as for independent candidates with no party affiliation.
Sample ballots may be found on the Bandera County website on the Elections Administrator's page.
Unlike early voting by mail, the administrator's page advises that you do not need to state a reason for voting early in person. Polling locations for early voting may vary from election to election.
Any voter who has difficulty walking or standing for long periods may vote from their vehicle. Please call ahead on the day you plan to vote to notify the early voting clerk that you want to vote from your car. The election official will bring your ballot to your car outside the polling location.
Voting by mail has been available to elderly voters and voters with physical disabilities in Texas for decades. Applications for a ballot by mail must be submitted to the Bandera County Elections Department no later than one week before the election. Voters may still request a ballot by mail for the March 4 election.
You may vote by mail if you are: going to be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting; are sick or disabled; or 65 years of age or older on Election Day.
The early voting clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7 pm on Election Day.
The current Voter Registration Card for registered voters in Bandera County is orange. According to the elections administrator, "bringing the card will help both you and others in line by speeding the process. If you do not have your card, you will be asked for a driver license or other form of positive identification. Please bring the card with you."

Voting on March 4 will take place at the usual precinct polling locations from 7 am to 7 pm.