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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 4:30 am

Questions have been raised by Killeen residents over signs designating early voting locations and hours the polls are open.

The city of Killeen added a third early voting location this year, and it’s provided some confusion for residents about where to go.

In January, the Killeen City Council added Lions Club Park Senior Center as an early voting location to accommodate the city’s growth to the south.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said there is signage at the Lions Club Park location, but because of strong winds, there has been trouble keeping them in place.

“As with any new location, city staff has received a lot of requests for assistance finding the polling site,” she said. “We have also received requests for more signage at the polling locations, and city staff is working to provide it where possible.”

On Wednesday afternoon, signs were visible at all three Killeen polling locations showing voters where to cast their ballots. Signs at the Harker Heights early voting location were larger and more visable.

Residents also questioned the voting times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on only two days of early voting.

Voting dates and time requirements are set by the state, and cities are only required to hold early voting for 12 hours on two days.

Shine said the two days when the polls are open 12 hours were established in an ordinance by the council.

Early voting runs through Tuesday. Polls in Killeen are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Residents who want to vote in the Killeen Independent School District elections can choose from early voting locations in Killeen and Harker Heights or vote at the Killeen ISD administrative building.

Since voting is spread across the two cities, Kirk K. Thomas, administrator for the Killeen ISD election, said the only way to know early voting totals for the Killeen ISD election is to spend hours manually looking up every individual who voted.

KILLEEN

Hours: Today, Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 5-6: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St.

Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700-B E. Stan Schlueter Loop.

HARKER HEIGHTS

Hours: Today and May 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and May 5: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Hall, Administration Department, 305 Miller’s Crossing.

The Killeen ISD ballot is also available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday and May 5-6 at the Killeen ISD Central Office at 200 N. W.S. Young Drive.

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