If you’re just itching to cast your ballot in the March 6 primaries — the nation’s first of 2018 — Tuesday is your first chance to do so.
Early polling locations in Bell County will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 23; from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24; from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 25; and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 to March 2.
Voters may cast their ballots at these locations:
- Bell County Courthouse Annex, 550 E. Second Ave., in Belton.
- Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Center, 307 Millers Crossing.
- Bell County Annex at 301 Priest Drive in Killeen.
- Killeen Community Center at 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
- Salado Civic Center at 601 N. Main St.
- Bell County Annex at 205 E. Central Ave., Temple.
Bell County has 186,542 registered voters.
The Bell County Elections Department ordered 46,500 ballots for the Republican primary and 17,400 ballots for the Democratic primary.
The two early voting locations in Coryell County are:
- Copperas Cove — Coryell County Justice Center. 210 S. First St.
- Gatesville — Gatesville Main Street Annex, 801 E. Leon St.
The polls will be open Feb. 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To see if you are registered to vote and where your polling locations are, go to bit.ly/1M1zo6f
Early voting in Lampasas County will be at the County Election Office at 407 S. Pecan St., Suite 102.
The polls will be open Feb. 20-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Feb. 28 to March 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voters can vote in either primary. Texas is an open-primary state.
You will need to bring one of seven acceptable forms of photo ID when you vote. Those are:
- A Texas driver’s license issued.
- A Texas election identification certificate.
- A personal ID card.
- A Texas license to carry a handgun.
- A U.S. military ID card.
- A U.S. citizenship certificate.
- A U.S. passport.
If you don’t have one of the seven forms of ID, you can still vote.
You will have to sign a form that states you have a “reasonable impediment” from getting the required identification, according to the Texas Secretary of State. The form will be available at each polling location.
The state outlines a reasonable impediment as being a lack of transportation, disability, illness, family responsibilities, work schedule, lost or stolen ID, have not received a photo ID, or a lack of a birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain an acceptable form of ID.
Voters that do this will need present a valid voter registration certificate; certified birth certificate; or a copy or original of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other document that shows the voter’s name and address.
During the primaries, voters will select their party’s nominees for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner, railroad commissioner and several seats on the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals.
Locally, voters will tap their nominees for Texas’ 31st Congressional District, Texas House Districts 54 and 55, judge of the 264th District Court, county treasurer, Precincts 2 and 4 commissioners, and Precincts 1 and two justices of the peace.
Barring a write-in campaign or third-party effort, nine candidates will run unopposed in the primaries and general election.
Republicans will also decide who they want as their county party chairman and the chairmen for Precincts 104 and 315.