Voting to begin for primary runoffs
Voters in Hill and Bosque counties can cast ballots in Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections when the early voting period begins Monday, June 29. The early voting period, which was extended by Governor Greg Abbott, will end July 10, ahead of the Tuesday, July 14, elections.
The only county-level race on the ballot is in the Bosque County Republican Primary runoff election between sheriff candidates Clint Pullin and Trace Hendricks.
Democrats in both counties will vote in statewide runoffs for United States Senator between Mary “MJ” Hegar and Royce West, and Railroad Commissioner between Chrysta Castañeda and Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo.
Those who voted in the March primary elections can only vote in the same party’s primary for the runoff election. Those who did not vote in the March primary can vote in either party’s runoff election.
Early voting for Bosque County residents will be at the Bosque County Courthouse in Meridian and the Clifton Civic Center in Clifton.
Hours will be as follows at the Bosque County Courthouse: June 29-July 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 6-7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 8-9, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; July 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the Clifton Civic Center, hours will be: June 29-July 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 6-8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 9, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 10, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hill County Democratic Party Chair Thom Hanson said that the party is working diligently with Hill County Elections Administration to ensure that all voters will be able to vote in the safest manner possible. Due to COVID-19 precautions, Hill County Democrats will cast early ballots at the Hill County Exhibits Building, located at 205 Stadium Drive in Hillsboro.
Hanson said that the location will allow for social distancing throughout the facility and will decrease the chances of infection in the county courthouse.
He added that personal protective equipment will be available for all election workers, and they will be required to sanitize and wash hands frequently and to sanitize equipment after each voter.
Early voting for the Hill County Democratic Party runoff will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For the safety of our seniors and high-risk groups, Hanson encouraged registered voters 65 and older or disabled to call Hill County Elections Administration to request an application for vote by mail ballot at 254-582-4072.
Those who have already filed an annual application should receive a ballot for the runoff in July and the general election in November, he said, and Thursday, July 2, is the last day for the early voting clerk to receive applications for a ballot to be voted by mail.
He also recommended that voters wear a mask to the polling place.
Election Day Voting – Tuesday, July 14
The Hill County Democratic Party will consolidate several polling locations on election day, Tuesday, July 14. The following polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
Central Baptist Church – 1100 Old Bynum Rd. in Hillsboro, Pcts. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9
Abbott Community Center – 210 E. Walnut Abbott, Pcts. 7 & 8
Itasca Community Center – 101 W. Main St. in Itasca, Pct. 10
Missionary Baptist Church – 405 N. Colorado St. in Whitney, Pcts. 12, 13 & 14
Malone Fire Station – 100 E. Mesquite Malone, Pcts. 15, 16 & 18
Covington Community Center – 402 Gathings in Covington, Pct. 19 & 27
2604 Fire Department – 319 FM 2604 in Whitney, Pcts. 20, 21 & 22
Mount Calm City Hall – 122 N. Allyn Ave. in Mount Calm, Pct. 23
Hubbard Fire Department -116 N. Magnolia in Hubbard, Pct. 24
Voting precincts have also been consolidated in Bosque County for election day, Tuesday, July 14:
Walnut Springs City Hall – 4126 Third Street in Walnut Springs, Pcts. 1 & 2
Meridian Civic Center – 309 West River Street in Meridian, Pcts. 3 & 4
Lakeside Community Center – 136 CR 1275 in Lakeside Village, Pct. 5
West Shore Civic Center – 560 FM 3118 in Laguna Park, Pct. 6
Clifton Civic Center – 403 West 3rd Street in Clifton, Pcts. 7, 8 & 9
Valley Mills Old City Hall – 107 South 4th Street in Valley Mills, Pcts. 10 & 11