ELECTION 2018

BELTON — If you plan to vote in the upcoming March 6 primaries and you haven’t registered, you’d better get moving.

Monday is the final day to register to vote. The early voting period begins Feb. 20 and ends March 2.

Texas voters will decide the nominees for their political party of choice in just 35 days. This is the nation’s first primary election of 2018.

In Bell County, the Republican Party will field 31 candidates and the Democratic Party will have a slate of seven candidates.

The winners will go on to the Nov. 6 general election.

To check if you’re registered to vote, go to VoteTexas.gov and click on the “Am I Registered?” tab.

If you’re not registered, you can pick up a voter registration application at the Bell County Elections Administrator’s office at 550 E. Second Ave., in Belton. You may call the Elections Department at 254-933-5774 for an application by mail.

Voter registration applications are also available at local libraries, Texas Department of Public Safety offices and Texas Department of Human Services offices, according to the Bell County Elections Department.

You can also go to http://bit.ly/1deJCid and fill out the informal online application. Complete the form, print it and mail it to the address listed on the completed application.

The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Feb. 23. The application — which can be found at http://bit.ly/2oBWTTJ — must be received by the Bell County Elections Department by the deadline.

According to the Texas secretary of state, to be eligible to vote early by mail, voters must be 65 or older; be disabled; be out of the county on Election Day and during the in-person early voting period; or be confined in jail but still be eligible to vote.

The ballot by mail must be received by the Elections Department by March 6.

The Bell County Commissioners Court on Monday announced the six primary election early voting locations and hours as well as the March 6 voting hours.

Early voting polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20-23; 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.

The early voting locations are:

  • 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

Precinct polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 6.

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