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From The News-Courier staff—
BENJAMIN—Knox County voters have until Oct. 23 to apply for ballots by mail from the county clerk’s office at the courthouse.
Ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office or postmarked by 7 p.m. Nov. 3, if returning by mail.
To be eligible, voters must be 65 or older, sick or disabled, out of the county during early voting or on the day of the election or confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election started Tuesday, Oct. 13. Voters can cast early ballot from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Oct. 31 at the Ex Students building in Benjamin and Oct. 19 through Oct. 23 at the Knox City Community Center and the Perry Patton Community Center in Munday.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled by a 7-1 vote last Wednesday not to change early voting, saying GOP officials who challenged Gov. Greg Abbott’s extension waited too long. “To disrupt the long-planned election procedures would threaten voter confusion,” Chief Justice Nathan Heath wrote in the court’s majority opinion.
On Nov, 3, precincts 101 and 202 will vote at the Knox City Community Center, 301 and 401 at the Perry Patton Community Center in Munday, 201 at the Wichita Brazos Museum in Benjamin and 302 at the Vera Community Center.
Acceptable forms of photo ID include the following: Texas driver license, Texas election ID certificate, Texas personal ID card, Texas handgun license, U.S. citizenship certificate with photo, U.S. Military ID card with photo and U.S. passport.
If a voter doesn’t have an acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one, a supporting form of ID can be presented if it has the voter’s name and address: original or copy of government document, voter’s registration certificate, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or birth certificate. Then the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.