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Early voting set to start Monday; Appeals court rules in favor of voter ID

A reminder, early voting for the Nov. 4 General Election starts next Monday, Oct. 20 and will continue thru Oct 31.


Early voting for all elections in Shelby County, county, city of Center and Center ISD will be held at Shelby County Clerk Allison Harbison’s office on the Center Square from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.


She notes there will be two extended hour voting days, Monday, Oct. 20 & Monday, Oct. 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Also, early voting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m.


In San Augustine County, Election Administrator Deborah Woods says all early voting for all elections in the county will be at her office in the El Camino Justice Center or at the Broaddus Community Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the elections office, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Broaddus.


She noted extended hours will be Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations.


By the way, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that photo voter ID will be used in the Nov. 4 election after a federal judge struck down the ID requirement just last Friday. So you will need a valid form of identification before you can vote, whether early, or on Election Day.


The last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) is Friday, Oct. 24.


We'll begin running down the list of local elections in Shelby and San Augustine Counties tomorrow.