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Masks will be required for voting at courthouse
From The News-Courier staff—
Voters casting ballots in the upcoming runoff elections will be required to wear a mask when they go into the Knox County Courthouse.
Early voting ballots may be cast from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day from June 29 to July 10, with the exception of July 3 when the courthouse will be closed for the July 4th holiday. Election day is Tuesday, July 14.
The COVID-19 pandemic spawned a debate over expanding eligibility requirements to vote safely and vote by mail. This issue, which is now in litigation, may be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, retirees over age 65 are automatically eligible to vote by mail.
In order to use the mail-in option, voters must fill out an application to vote by mail at least once each year. Those who have not made this request already in 2020 and want to vote by mail in this runoff election, need to make a request for a ballot by mail to the county registrar by July 2. Register as soon as possible. It takes at least seven days to receive the ballot after the registrar receives the request.
In the primary runoff race for the 13th Congressional seat, those voting in the Republican runoff will decide between Josh Winegarner and Ronny Jackson and those voting in the Democratic runoff will choose between Gus Trujillo and Timothy Gassaway. Current Republican Congressman Mac Thornberry is retiring and not seeking re-election to his seat.
Texas is an open primary state, so those who did not vote in March may vote in either party primary runoff election. Those who voted in the party primaries in March must vote in the same party for this run-off election as they voted in during the primary.
However, voters can cast ballots across party lines in the November general election.
For those who choose to vote on election day, July 14, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these voting locations:
- Precincts 101 and 202 – Knox County Aging Center in Knox City,
- Precincts 201 and 202 – Wichita Brazos Museum, and
- Precincts 301 and 401 – Munday City Hall.