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Polling stations open at county govt. offices
An extended early-voting period approved by the Texas governor opened on Tuesday, October 13, and continues through the last Friday of the month, allowing ballots to be cast ahead of election day, Tuesday, November 3.
This year, voters in Frio and La Salle counties have the opportunity to make decisions not only on federal, state and local government and law enforcement, but will also pick city councilors and school board trustees, some 2020 elections having been subject to postponement as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to 2020, most city council and school board elections were held in the spring, with winners taking office only days after the votes had been counted and results canvassed. This year, the state government allowed cities and schools to move their elections to November 3, and all those scheduled in Frio and La Salle counties were subsequently rescheduled. A school board election in Dilley was canceled when no eligible candidates filed for places on the ballot to challenge the incumbents.
Those who prevail in the general election for federal, state and county government offices will begin serving their new terms in January.
In some local and regional races, several candidates face no opposition from other parties in their bids for election or to be returned to office for new terms.
Voters going to the polls during the early-voting period or on election day will be presented with a number of ballots, depending on their precincts of residence and the candidates running for election in local government, city and school races. All voters are given the opportunity to vote in federal, state and regional races, including the US presidency, US Senate and House of Representatives, Texas Senate and House, regional justices of the courts, and district attorney positions.
Voters who wish to cast their ballots by mail must file requests with the elections administrators in their respective counties, and those requests must have been received no later than the close of business on Friday, October 23 (or Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Cotulla ISD Board of Trustees election).
The voting site for all early ballots in Frio County is at the Conference Room, 410 South Pecan Street, next door to the county courthouse in downtown Pearsall, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until Oct. 30; with extended hours 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 28; and at the Dilley Municipal Judge’s Office, 231 West FM 117 (opposite the Mary Harper Middle School and Dilley High School campus).
Voters casting ballots early in La Salle County are able to do so on the ground floor of the county courthouse in downtown Cotulla, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until Oct. 30, as well as 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
On election day, Nov. 3, all voters will be required to cast their ballots at the polling stations corresponding to the respective precincts in which they live.