ELECTION 2018

Procrastinating residents who plan to vote in the March 6 primaries, here’s a heads up: Today is the final day you can register to vote.

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

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

Early voting begins Feb. 20 and ends March 2.

If you’re not sure 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 go to http://bit.ly/1deJCid to fill out an informal online application. Complete the form, print it and mail it to the address listed on the completed application.

You can pick up a voter registration application at the Bell County Elections Administrator’s office at 550 E. Second Ave., in Belton.

Call the Elections Department at 254-933-5774 for an application by mail.

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

The last day to apply for ballot by mail is Feb. 23. The application — which is 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.

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:

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

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