Now that the field has been set for the March 2 Primary the next item on the agenda is to make sure that everyone is registered to vote, which is a very simple procedure.
The qualifications you must meet in order to register to vote are very simple.
You must register to vote in the county in which you reside
You must be a citizen of the United States
You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old to register and you must be 18 years old of age by election day
You must not be finally convicted of a felony, or if you are a felon, you must have completed all of your punishment including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you must have received a pardon.
Main qualification is being a citizen of United States.
You may go on-line and pull up a voter application form and print it out. Once you have filled in the information you can then submit the form to the County Clerk’s office at the Courthouse in Plains.
The deadline to register is February 2, which is one month before election day.
One of the four upcoming county election will be contested as former Denver City Police Lieutenant Charlie Higgs filed to run for the Sheriff’s position against Sheriff David Bryant, who also filed for a second term. Bryant defeated Yoakum County Chief Deputy Jerry Howard four years ago in a hotly contested race to earn his current position.
Other offices included in the primary will be Precinct #1 Commissioner, Precinct #3 Commissioner, and Tax Assessor/Collector. Incumbents Woody Lindsey, Tommy Box, and Jan Parrish all filed for another term of office and are all unopposed.
Specific information concerning the election include early voting for the March 3, 2020 Primary will run from February 18, 2020 through February 28, 2020.
One twist in this election will be both parties holding a joint primary, which means Republicans and Democrats will vote together instead of at separate locations.
Early Voting will be at the Denver City Community Building and at the Yoakum County Courthouse from 8am – 5pm Monday-Friday. Added this year will be early voting at the same locations and same times on Saturday February 22, 2020. The hope is to give people that work out of town an opportunity to vote.
Election Day voting will be at the Denver City Community Building and at the Plains Community Building from 7am – 7pm.
Due to a change in Election Law, straight party voting will no longer be an option. You will still be able to vote a straight ticket, but you will have to scroll through and vote every race to do so.
One more reminder…if you are over the age of sixty-five or disabled, you can apply for an annual ballot by mail. This means the County Clerk’s office will mail you a ballot for every election for this year when it is time.
If you call the County Clerk’s Office after January 1, 2020, they can get an application to you and help you get set up. If you need a ballot by mail for one election, because you are over the age of sixty five, disabled, or will be out of the county for the whole duration of voting, please call the County Clerk’s Office and they can help you get an application for that also.
The main thing is be sure to vote, one of privileges Americans still have.