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Garza County Election Board
By Dakota McDonald
The Garza County Election Board, which includes Chairman Jim Plummer, County Judge Lee Norman, Voter Registrar Nancy Wallace, Sheriff Terry Morgan, Republican Chair Ashley Hawkins and Democratic Chair Robin Dillard, approved the appointment of Early Voting Ballot Board members at the Aug. 20 meeting.
The Early Voting Ballot Board, which will process early voting results, will consist of Presiding Judge Kathy Beach, Alternate Judge Pat Cruse, Nancy Thuett, Linda Alaniz and Julia Childs.
District and County Clerk Jim Plummer informed the board that they will need to appoint two additional members to the board as they are expecting a larger number of mail-in ballots and will need extra help to count them.
Norman suggested the board should be consistent with voting hours so that voters will know when to show up. With the board agreeing, Plummer said that with two extra clerks the majority of votes would be counted by 7 p.m.
Plummer reminded the board that Precinct 4 and 6 will have new polling locations for the Nov. 3 election.
Precinct 2 and 4 will share a polling location at the Community Center, 129 W. Main St. This is due to Wells Fargo, where the Precinct 4 polling location was previously located, closing in September. The new polling location is one block across from the bank and is surrounded by Precinct 4 territory. Both precincts will have separate ballots and poll workers.
The Justiceburg polling location has been permanently moved to the Justiceburg Community Church, 2511 U.S. Highway 84, from the previous location of the Lake Allen Henry Fire House. The change is due to a bridge between the firehouse and U.S. Highway 84 undergoing construction and fumes at the firehouse making poll workers sick. The new polling location will be only eight miles west of the firehouse.
Norman asked Morgan to recommend that Garza County officers vote in uniform to show a police presence in the election. Norman also suggested having police drive by polling locations.
Morgan agreed, stating that a cruiser will be parked at the central counting station which will be in the teen room at the Community Center.
Plummer also informed the board that there will be a testing of tabulation equipment on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the teen room at the Community Center. The public is encouraged to attend.
Early voting can be done at the Garza County Courthouse, located at 300 W. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 13-20.
Polling locations by precinct for the Nov. 3 General Election are as follows. Locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Precinct 1: Presbyterian Church, rear door, 910 W. 10th St., Post
Precinct 2: Post Community Center, Main St. door, 129 W. Main St. Post
Precinct 3: Centennial Bank, Community Room, 210 N. Broadway, Post
Precinct 4: Post Community Center, Main St. door, 129 W. Main St., Post
Precinct 5: Southland School, Superintendent’s office, 190 8th St., Southland
Precinct 6: Justiceburg Community Church, 2511 U.S. Highway 84, Justiceburg