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Voter Registration Ends October 9

Published Oct. 3, 2012 @ 10:04 p.m.

The 2012 General Election is set for Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

For the first time in recent history, qualified voters will have the opportunity to cast a General Election ballot along with the Post Independent School District special bond issue ballot.  Post ISD has contracted with Garza County to conduct a joint election, therefore sharing polling places, poll workers and resources for Early Voting and on Election Day.

“Most registered Garza County voters live with-in the PISD boundaries, but not all,” explained District and County Clerk Jim Plummer.  “Some reside in the Southland ISD.  Those county voters can cast a general election ballot but not a Post ISD ballot.”

As of October 3, according to Plummer, Early Voting Clerk Terri Laurence has received applications and has sent over 40 mail ballots, formerly known as absentee ballots.  Applications for a ballot by mail shall be mailed to:  Early Voting Clerk, Garza County Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 366, Post, TX 79356.  Applications for ballot by mail must be sent through the postal service and must be received no later than the close of business on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  “If the absentee applicant qualifies for the Post ISD bond election ballot, we will send it with the General Election ballot,” said Plummer.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 is the last day a person may submit an application to register to vote or to submit a change of address if a person has moved to a different election precinct within the county to be eligible to vote in the precinct of his or her new residence.  The courthouse will be closed Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day.

The General Election is to elect presidential electors, members of congress, members of the legislature, and state, district, county and precinct officers.  The only contested local race is for the Precinct 3 County Commissioner seat.   Incumbent Ted A. Brannon (Republican) and former commissioner and challenger John Valdez (Democrat) are on the ballot for that position.

The Post Independent School District special bond election concerns a $28,480,000 issue bond for funds to go toward capital improvements including a new high school.  (Click here for a recent story.)

Early Voting for both elections will be weekdays from Monday, October 22 through Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Garza County Courthouse.  The Early Voting polling place will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including the noon lunch hour.

There will be six polling places on Election Day, Tuesday November 2, 2012 for registered voters who had not voted early.  They must vote at their precinct polling location that corresponds with the precinct number on the voter registration card:

Precinct 1 - Presbyterian Church, 910 W. 10th St., Post

Precinct 2 - Post Community Center, 113 W. Main St., Post

Precinct 3 - Citizens Bank, 210 N. Broadway, Post

Precinct 4 - Wells Fargo Bank, 216 W. Main St., Post

Precinct 5 - Southland School, Superintendent’s Office, 190 8th Street, Southland

Precinct 6 - Lake Alan Henry Fire Station, 2699 FM 3519, Justiceburg

The polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Other pertinent voter information including sample ballots can be seen on the Garza County web site.  Sample ballots are also available at the Clerk’s office at the courthouse.

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