• October 27, 2016

Bell County early voting locations announced

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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:30 am

BELTON — Election Day is three weeks away.

In preparation for it, Bell County Judge Jon Burrows announced the early voting and Election Day times and locations during Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting.

There are six locations in the county to cast your ballot early between Monday and Nov. 4:

  • The Bell County Courthouse Annex at 550 E. Second Ave., in Belton
  • The Bell County Annexes in Temple, 205 E. Central Ave., and in Killeen, 301 Priest Drive.
  • The Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.
  • The Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St.
  • The Parks and Recreation Center in Harker Heights at 307 Millers Crossing.

From Monday to Oct. 28, registered voters may vote between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

On Oct. 29, registered voters may cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Oct. 30, you can vote from noon to 5 p.m.

During the final week of early voting, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, registered voters may vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

If you want to vote on Election Day, Nov. 8, registered voters may cast ballots at precinct polling locations between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“You have two weeks to vote so there’s not much excuse for not voting,” Burrows said.

Last week, Bell County Elections Administrator Shawn Snyder said 184,757 people registered to vote — a record for the county.

Bell County ordered 180,000 ballots for the election, Snyder said.

To count the ballots, the county has rented eight counting machines. During the commissioners’ workshop, Snyder informed the court that the county has received the machines and they were tested and are working properly.

The commissioners touched on a ballot mixup in Nolanville, which was resolved by Snyder.

“I appreciate the paper helping and getting the right information out there,” Commissioner Tim Brown said of the Temple Daily Telegram.

Snyder told the commissioners he made two ballots — one with just the county elections and one with the county, city and water district elections — for the affected residents on Wayne Drive in Nolanville.

Snyder said he has instructed the poll workers on how to handle the situation.

“We’re going to do our very best to get it right and get it correct,” Snyder said.

Snyder said he talked to an attorney with the Texas secretary of state’s office about the possibility of someone contesting the election in Nolanville.

“If somebody were to contest the election it would be them contesting it with the city, not with the county,” the election administrator said. “I’m just contracted to do the election, but it’s still their responsibility. Hopefully it won’t come to that. We’re doing our best about being proactive about it.”

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