Early voting underway in Nov. election
Early voting in the November general election is underway in both Hill and Bosque counties this week.
Voting began Tuesday, October 13, in a number of federal, state and local races. Early voting will continue through Friday, October 30.
In Hill County, early voting is being conducted at the Hill County John Erwin Annex, located at 200 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro.
Bosque County residents are casting early ballots at the Bosque County Courthouse, 110 South Main Street in Meridian, or the Clifton Civic Center, 403 West 3rd Street in Clifton.
Early voting in Hill County will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on Wednesday, October 14, and Wednesday, October 21, when voting will be from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
In Bosque County, a variety of early voting times, including Saturday voting opportunities, are scheduled and have previously been published. See http://www.bosquecounty.us/elections for a complete schedule.
Voters should note that this is the first election that Texas will not have the straight-ticket voting option, which allowed voters to check one box to cast a ballot for every candidate from a single party. Voters will now have to select a candidate in each individual race.
Voters eligible to vote by mail include those who will be away from the county on Election Day and during the hours that early voting is conducted; are sick or disabled; are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or are confined in jail.
To request an application for ballot by mail, contact the Hill County Elections Administration Office or the Bosque County Elections Administration office. An application requesting to vote by mail must be received by the elections office by Friday, October 23.
A voter will be asked to present one of seven acceptable forms of photo identification. If a voter does not possess an acceptable form of photo identification and cannot reasonably obtain one, the voter may present a supporting form of ID and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present an alternate form of identification.
On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, voting will be at local polling places from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. A complete list of polling places by precinct will be printed in the newspaper prior to Election Day.
Annual FCA fund-raising dinner Oct. 24
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will hold the annual Heart of Influence fund-raising dinner and night of worship Saturday, October 24.
The event will be held at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Hillsboro, with outdoor seating, at 100 Walnut Hill Avenue.
The silent auction opens at 4:30 p.m., with a fried catfish and sausage dinner at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m.
Reserve tickets by Monday, October 19, by contacting Carrie Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 254-580-5076.
Census count will continue through Oct. 31
Collection efforts for the 2020 Census will continue through October after the latest court ruling on the matter.
The end date for the 2020 Census has been the subject of legal battles since the Census Bureau announced in August that collection efforts would wrap up early at the end of September.
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on September 24 against that plan, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau, then announced that the count would end on October 5.
A U.S. district judge ordered late Thursday, October 1, that the bureau notify employees that they should continue collection efforts through October 31.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years.
Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years.
Local officials have stressed the importance of an accurate census count, as the numbers will impact state and local programs and congressional representation for the next decade.
Households that have not responded can do so online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.
Free clinic to open half day October 17
Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic, located at 120 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro, will be open Saturday, October 17, for a half-day clinic. Sign in will begin at 6 a.m.
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. New patients should bring proof of Hill County address and identification, list of medications and have no medical insurance.
Patients who have fever or have had fever within three days prior to October 17, are asked not to come to the clinic.
Patients must wear a mask at all times. No patient with a fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, sinusitis or other flu-like symptoms will be seen at the clinic.
Patients with fever or the above symptoms may call the clinic on October 17 to speak to staff about their concerns.
After sign in, patients are asked to wait in their cars to allow for social distancing, and a staff member will call the patient’s phone to determine need of care.
If it is deemed necessary that the patient enter the clinic, temperature will be taken and COVID-19 screening questions will be asked before entering. Unless necessary, only the patient will be allowed inside the clinic.
Flu shots will be available by sign up outside the clinic. The same COVID-19 prevention system will be used, with temperature checked and questions asked. Patients are asked not to request a flu shot with any of the symptoms mentioned above.
Those visiting the clinic are asked to be patient as staff establishes new guidelines for being seen during the pandemic.
For information about the clinic, call 254-479-1489 and leave a message. Calls will be returned.