Early voting continues across area

Early voting continued across Bell County on Sunday for the Nov. 3 election.

As of Sunday evening, the county reported that an overall total of 36,197 ballots had been collected since early voting began on Tuesday. These include totals from the following locations; Belton County Annex, 4,405, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Center, 4,701, the Killeen Annex, 4,018, The Killeen Community Center, 6,876, Salado Church, 4,664 and the Temple Annex at 4,619.

The overall figure for Bell County also includes mail-in ballots, which total 6,914.

As of Saturday, Lampasas County reported 3,089 ballots cast in person and 510 mailed in, and Coryell County reported 6,825 ballots cast in person and 1,696 by mail, according to the Texas Secretary of State website. Neither county had early voting locations open on Sunday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, some Bell County voters waited in line for hours as hundreds lined up at the two Killeen early voting locations and elsewhere in the county. By Thursday, however, there were still lines, but things were running smoother. Part of the delay early in the week was attributed to voter check-in computers that were not working properly. Later in the week it was learned that Bell County was using less than 20% of the voting machines it has access to.

 

Early voting locations

Bell County

 

Killeen — Bell County Annex, 304 Priest Drive

Killeen — Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Harker Heights — Parks & Recreation Center, 307 Millers Crossing

Belton — Bell County Courthouse Annex, 550 E. Second Ave.

Temple — Bell County Annex, 205 E. Central Ave.

Salado — Salado Church of Christ, 217 N. Stagecoach

 

Dates and times:

Oct. 19 - Oct. 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 24: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Oct. 25: Noon to 5 p.m.

Oct. 26 - Oct. 30: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Ballots by mail can still be requested by sending applications to Bell County Elections Department, P.O. Box 1629, Belton, Texas 76513. Applications must be received by close of business Oct. 23.

 

Coryell County

 

Copperas Cove Civic Center, 1206 W. Ave. B, Copperas Cove

Gatesville Civic Center, 301 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Gatesville

Early voting is Oct. 19 through Oct. 23 and Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

The time for Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All other days, it is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ballots by mail can still be requested by sending applications to Early Voting Clerk, P.O. Box 6, Gatesville, TX 76528. Applications must be received by close of business Oct. 23.

 

Lampasas County

 

Lampasas County Conference Room, 409 S. Pecan St., Lampasas

 

Early voting is Oct. 19 through Oct. 23 and Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

The time for Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All other days, it is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Ballots by mail can still be requested by sending applications to Mark Bishop, Elections Administrator, 407 S. Pecan, Suite 102, Lampasas, TX 76550. Applications must be received by close of business Oct. 23.

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