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From The News-Courier staff—
Knox County voters have until Friday to vote to vote early and then in the general election will culminate with Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 3.
Precincts 101 and 202 cast ballots 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.
County clerk Lisa Cypert reported that (xxx) had cast their ballots early as of Monday morning.
For the first time in history, more votes from elsewhere in Texas and across the country have been cast early in the election where incumbent Republican Donald Trump is opposed by Democrat Joe Biden for the top spot on the ballot according to news reports on television.
Almost overlooked because of the emphasis on that race, Knox County voters will help decide the U.S. House District 13 seat where Mac Thornberry is retiring. Republican Ronny Jackson and Democrat Gus Trujillo along with Jack Westbrook are on the ballot.
Sen. John Cornyn is challenged by Mary “MJ” Heger for one of the state’s two seats on the U.S. Senate.
Benjamin voters are being asked to approve a $21 million-bond election by the Benjamin Independent School District for the construction, acquisition, renovation and equipment of school buildings in the district, including new classrooms, a storm shelter, a new kitchen, a new auditorium for schools and administrative purposes, a new gymnasium and a new football field with a capacity of less than 1,000; and the renovation, improvements and equipment of the existing school building.
Goree voters will vote on the collection of a 1.4-cent sales tax to be used for street maintenance.
Knox County residents also will decide a contested position on the Knox County Commissioners Court. Democrat incumbent Jimmy Urbanczyk is being challenged by Republican nominee Ray Herring in Precinct 3.
Incumbents Sam Hunter and Mark Rocha, who filled a one-year term that expired last year, are in a three-way race with former member Bill Longan for a pair of three-year positions for the Munday Consolidated Independent School District board. In addition, Keith Kuehler and Megan Myers are running to fill a one-year term that will expire May, 2021.
Incumbents Trey Singleton, Ryan Cottingham and Karen Longan and John White in a race for three seats on the city council in Munday.
In Knox City, council incumbents J.R. Hodges and Fred Ledesma are joined by Kevin Urbanczyk, Kent Deville and Monica Meador in a contest for three two-year terms.
Running unopposed are 50th Judicial District Judge Jennifer Habert, 50th District Attorney Hunter Brooks, Knox Sheriff Hunter Embessi, Precinct 1 Commissioner Johnny McGown, Rep. James Frank and Sen. Charles Perry.
To vote, residents must haven acceptable forms of photo ID which include: 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.