FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — Despite a federal judge’s ruling overturning the Texas voter identification law, officials say early voting will go on starting Oct. 20.
Early voting runs Oct. 20-31. The regular election day is Nov. 4.
Highland Lakes voters have several matters before them at the polls including the Texas governor and lieutenant governor races. But local items include a multimillion-dollar bond for residents in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District and city council elections for Horseshoe Bay voters.
BCISD voters have a $26.75 million bond on the ballot.
In Burnet County, early voters can head to the Burnet County Courthouse, 220 S. Pierce St. in Burnet or the Burnet County South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway in Marble Falls.
Early voting hours are 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 7 a.m-7 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Llano County residents can cast ballots early at the following locations:
- Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie St. in Llano; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
- Kingsland Branch Library, 125 W. Polk St. in Kingsland; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
- Horseshoe Bay Property Owners Association, 708 Red Sails in Horseshoe Bay; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Under state law, voters must present one of seven types of photo identification in order to vote. Those are a Texas driver’s license, a Texas Election Identification Certificate, a Texas personal identification card, a Texas concealed handgun license, a U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph, a U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph or a U.S. passport.
On Oct. 9, a federal judge overturned the Texas voter law requiring a photo identification. At the time, officials didn’t know what it would mean to this election, but they are prepared to respond as directed.
“We have received a copy of the judge’s ruling in this matter,” said Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry after the ruling. “The ruling is currently under review by my office and the Office of the Attorney General. As always, the Office of the Secretary of State will assist Texas election officials in providing elections that are smooth, secure and successful.”
Go to www.votetexas.gov or www.sos.state.tx.us for more information on voting or updates on how the ruling will affect this election.