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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 9:32 am, Fri Jul 18, 2014.

Early voting for the Nov. 5 election starts Monday.

Coryell County Elections Administrator Justin Carothers selected a new site for those looking to cast ballots early in Copperas Cove. Early voting will be conducted in the Copperas Cove City Council chambers, 507 S. Main St., which is the only early voting site in Copperas Cove.

“We just needed more space,” Carothers said. “The annex space we had wasn’t quite enough. We needed a bigger area and City Hall provided that.”

An early voting site in Gatesville, 201 S. Seventh St., will be open for all Coryell County residents.

Gatesville Independent School District is operating three additional early voting sites, but Coryell County residents can vote for any of their elections at the sites.

Early-voting locations on Gatesville ISD property will be at Gatesville Elementary cafeteria, Gatesville Primary library and Gatesville ISD’s administration building.

The primary and elementary locations will only be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9. The administration building location will be open throughout early voting.

The district will foot the bill for the additional early voting polling places.

Copperas Cove residents living in Lampasas County, however, must vote early in Lampasas at 407 S. Pecan St.

“We have 328 registered voters in Lampasas county that are Copperas Cove residents,” said Randall McGuire, Lampasas County elections administrator.

Carothers said voters need to bring photo identification to the polls.

“They will have to have their photo ID ready, because it is now required by law,” he said. “For most people, that is what they vote now with anyway. The majority uses a driver’s license already.”

Copperas Cove election

Copperas Cove municipal residents will vote for a contested council seat and a $6 million bond.

Azeita “Z” Taylor, 42, and Marty Smith, 67, are vying for the Place 4 City Council seat currently held by Danny Palmer, who is term limited and ineligible to run again.

The $6 million bond will fund the construction of a fourth fire station and a police substation on Old Copperas Cove Road and the future Charles Tillman Way between Robert Griffin III Boulevard and Constitution Drive. City officials plan to issue the bond in 2015 if it is approved.

Gatesville ISD Election

Residents in the Gatesville Independent School District will decide a $17.9 million bond issue to determine whether to build a new elementary school. The school will replace one of the district’s current facilities by building an elementary school to serve first through third grades. The current facility was built in 1949 with an addition built in 1985.

Copperas Cove ISD Election

While Cove ISD will have a contested seat on the ballot, candidate Jeff Gorres, 46, dropped out of the race. Gorres was opposing incumbent Doug Cook for the Place 5 seat on the district’s board of trustees. When Gorres left the election, it was too late to take his name off the ballot.

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