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Early voting continues
By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA—After the first four days of early voting, 684, or 17%, of registered Floyd County voters cast their ballots in the 2020 general election, according to the Floyd County Clerk Ginger Morgan.
“The county clerk’s office mailed out 200 mail-in ballots, and we have received at least half of those back,” said Morgan. “The mail-in ballots are not counted in the early voting total.
“We are on track to have a record number of votes cast,” Morgan said.
Floyd County has 3,859 registered voters, which is up from last year, she said.
Total early votes cast in Floyd County during the 2016 election (at the end of 10 days) was 1,351 – 33.21%. A total of 1,958 Floyd County voters, 48.13%, cast votes in the 2016 presidential election.
As of Oct. 15, the third day of early voting for Texans, 1,526,069 people had voted in person and by mail in Texas’ 10 largest counties— 15.7% of registered voters in those counties. According to the latest figures reported by the Secretary of State before the 2020 primary, 57.2% of registered voters live in these 10 counties.
Floyd County has two early voting locations—the Floyd County Courthouse Annex in downtown Floydada and First United Methodist Church in Lockney, which is located at 120 W. Poplar Street.
Hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Special early voting hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Early voting runs through Friday, Oct. 30, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3 and polls in Floyd County will be open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
To be eligible to vote, residents must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years-old by Election Day and living in the county of registration. Also, voters must not be serving a sentence or parole for a felony conviction.
Here are the seven acceptable forms of voter identification:
• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
• Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
• U.S. military identification card that has a photo
• U.S. citizenship certificate that has a photo
• U.S. passport
If voters can’t present one of those seven forms of ID, they can sign a declaration at the polling place explaining why they can’t obtain of the approved forms and provide one of the following forms of supporting documentation:
• An original, certified birth certificate
• A valid voter registration certificate
• A copy or original of one of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and an address.
Government documents that include a photo must be original and cannot be copies.