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High early voting turnout
By Elizabeth Tanner/The Post Dispatch—
A record-breaking 141 in-person voters hit the polls for the first day of early voting on Oct. 13, a 24-percent increase from the 2016 general election turnout.
“The turnout has been impressive and refreshing,” County Clerk Jim Plummer said.
Through Oct. 16, a total of 482 Garza County residents have voted, a 26-percent increase from 2016.
Out of the 113 mail ballots sent out, 67 have been received so far.
When voting, voters should expect to see some COVID-19 protocols in place such as social distancing and the recommendation of masks.
“We ask that voters maintain social distancing,” Plummer said. “Masks are also highly recommended. We are not reusing pens. Each voter choses a pen to sign-in and mark the ballot with or to operate the touch screen on the voting machine. Then, the voter takes the pen out of the courthouse.”
Additionally, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves are available to voters and surfaces are being sanitized regularly, Plummer said.
For those who have not yet voted, Plummer encourages casting a ballot during early voting which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Garza County Courthouse, 300 W Main St., through Oct. 30, including the lunch hour.
For those with difficulty entering the polling place, Plummer reminds that curbside voting is offered.
“Contrary to what you may hear, your vote counts,” Plummer said. “Practice your legal right to vote in every election. Don’t let it slip away.”