Early voting for Dem Party runoff starts Monday

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Voting for several runoff elections wrapped up Tuesday.

Grayson County Elections Administrator Deana Patterson reminds the public that early voting begins Monday and ends on July 10, for the Grayson County Democratic Primary Runoff Election.

"Voter and poll worker safety at the polls is our top priority in Grayson County. We ask our voters to join us and participate in the recommended voter health safety plan to continue to keep our county safe during this voting season," she said in a written statement.

"Elections in 2020 will be conducted with the recommended health protocols advised to our department from the Texas Secretary of State. If you have questions, please call our office at 903-893-8683 or email us at votegrayson@co.grayson.tx.us. Additional information is also available on the county website: www.co.grayson.tx.us," she continued.

She said the following are the minimum health safety plan recommendations in place for the Primary Runoff Election. Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all poll workers and voters.

Recommended health protocols for voters:

1. Wear a face mask covering nose and mouth. If a poll worker needs to verify identity of the voter, they will ask for the mask to be removed briefly then replaced for the duration of the voting process. Masks will be provided if needed.

2. Disinfect hands upon entering and exiting the voting area along with practicing cough etiquette, cleanliness and sanitation.

3. Maintain at least six feet of physical distance between all others, where possible.

4. Use the clear glove provided to check in and vote on equipment.

5. Voters age 65 and older and voters who have pre-existing health conditions should consider staying at home and submitting an Application for Ballot by Mail (deadline for return of application is July 2), or voting curbside from their vehicles.

6. Self-screen before going to the polling place. Voters exhibiting any CDC-listed symptoms associated with COVID-19 should consider utilizing curbside voting at the polling place.

Recommended health protocols for poll workers:

1. Face shields, masks and gloves will be provided to the poll workers.

2. Consistently disinfect items that come into contact with voters.

3. Poll workers will self-screen for any CDC-listed symptoms before entering the polling place.

4. To the extent possible, maintain at least six feet between others at the polling place.

5. Arrange polling place and mark floor to allow voters to maintain six feet of separation from others.

Voting by Mail:

A voter is eligible to vote early by mail if they are a registered voter who:

A. Is 65 years of age or older on Election Day;

B. Has a disability or illness defined as a sickness or a physical condition that prevents voter from appearing at the polling place without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injuring voter’s health;

C. Expects to be out of the county during the hours that voting is conducted during early voting in person and on Election Day. An out of county address and the begin/end dates voter will receive mail at this address must be provided;

D. Is confined in jail, but eligible to vote due to 1) serving a misdemeanor sentence and will not be released prior to Election Day, or 2) pending trial or appeal after denial of bail or without bail or where release on bail before Election Day is unlikely.

To vote by mail, voters must first apply for a ballot. Applications are available by calling 903-893-8683 or visiting the Elections page on the county website. Applications must be received in our office mail by July 2, 2020.

Voting In Person During Early Voting for the Primary Runoff Election:

Patterson said it is recommended voters appearing in person to vote do so during the two weeks of early voting and to arrive at non-peak times (mid-day and mid-afternoon) if possible to help social distancing and avoiding lines.

Early voting Dates and Times:

Monday – Thursday, June 29-July, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLOSED Friday and Saturday, July 3-4

Sunday, July 5, noon to 5 p.m.

Monday – Friday, July 6-10, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting Sites:

Sherman, Election Administration, 115 W. Houston, in Sherman,

Denison, Grayson County Sub-Courthouse, 101 W. Woodard

Pottsboro, ISD Administration, 105 Cardinal Lane in Pottsboro,

Whitesboro City Hall, 111 W. Main in Whitesboro;

Van Alstyne, Grayson College South Campus, 1455 W. Van Alstyne Pkwy, in Van Alstyne;

Voting In Person on Election Day for the Primary Runoff Election:

Voter centers listed below will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.July 14. All eligible registered voters in Grayson County may vote at any of the Election Day sites.

Bells City Hall, 203 S. Broadway in Bells;

Collinsville Community Building, 117 N. Main in Collinsville;

Grayson College, Gym foyer, 6101 Grayson Dr., in Denison;

Grayson County Sub-Courthouse, 101 W. Woodard, in Denison;

Parkside Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 301 N. Lillis Lane, in Denison;

First Baptist Church, 99 Gentle Creek Lane in Gunter;

Howe Community Center, 700 W. Haning, in Howe;

Pottsboro ISD Administration Bldg., Board Mtg. Room, 105 Cardinal Lane, in Pottsboro;

Grayson County Election Administration Building, 115 W. Houston in Sherman,

Texoma Council of Governments, Eisenhower Room, 1117 Gallagher Dr., in Sherman

United Way of Grayson County, 713 E. Brockett, in Sherman;

First National Bank, Edwards Community Room, 109 S. Britton, in Tom Bean;

Grayson College South Campus, Room 203, 1455 W. Van Alstyne Pkwy., in Van Alstyne;

Whitesboro City Hall, 111 W. Main in Whitesboro;

Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall 606 S. Carter, in Whitewright.

Sample Ballot for Runoff election:

United States Senator

Mary “MJ” Hagar

Royce West