|(Seguin) -- Voting in the Joint Republican and Democratic Primary Run-Off election starts now. Today is the first day to cast your ballots early in the Tuesday, May 22 run-off election.|
Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says all early voting locations will again be in full force giving everyone the opportunity to exercise their right.
"We are going to have early voting at our five usual early voting locations for this week and early voting runs Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters have the option of voting at our five normal early voting locations which would be the Seguin Elections Office, the Schertz Elections Office, Grace Church of New Braunfels, the Central Texas Technology Center up there by Clear Springs and New Berlin City Hall. So they have all five of the normal early voting locations. All the early voting locations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday of this week and then election day will be May, 22, " said Adam.
Not only will all early voting locations be the same but the ballot they selected back in March will also have to be same for voters unless they are coming out to the polls for the first time during this Primary. To help make things easier, Adam says voters might want to consider printing out or picking up a sample ballot before arriving to their polling location.
"Just like in the primary, they selected a party ballot and in this election, if they did not vote in the primary at all, they can select either party run-off. So it's the Republican run-off or the Democratic run-off. If they voted in the primary and they voted in the Republican Primary, they are going to have to vote in a Republican Primary Run-off ballot and likewise if they voted Democratic in the primary, they'll have to vote a Democratic ballot in a primary run-off. That's the way the state law is written and so they will have to vote the same ballot that they voted in the primary unless they didn't vote in the primary and they can make their choice and vote in either party, said Adam. "It's a little bit confusing but I feel that the voters if they know going into the run-off what their options are that it helps everyone just a little bit."
Locally, there are four contested races appearing on the Republican ballot. Those choosing the Republican ballot will decide the run-off for Guadalupe County District Clerk. The race features candidates Linda Balk and Kristy Dunn.
All precincts except for Pct. 1, will also get the chance to cast their vote on a second race. Those races include Guadalupe County Commissioner Pct. 2. featuring candidates Randall Herzog and Drew Engelke. Seeking the Guadalupe County Commissioner Pct. 4 seat are Incumbent Judy Cope and challenger Daniel Kearns. Also squaring off for the position of Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 are John Terry and Zachary McBride.
The Democratic ballot features the race for Texas Governor. Both Andrew White and Lupe Valdez seek the party nomination for the statewide position.
Early voting ends Friday. Sample ballots are now available on the election's office website.