The early voting period in the Nov. 5 general election for three Bandera City Council seats and on 10 possible amendments to the Texas Constitution started at the beginning of this week and will run on weekdays only through Nov. 1.
The 10-day, early voting period started on Monday, Oct. 21, at three locations in Bandera County – the Ray Mauer Annex in Bandera, at 403 12th St. next to the Bandera County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office, the Lakehills Area Library, 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills and the Medina Tax Office at 161 E. Parker St. in Medina.
Early voting will be recorded on weekdays only through Friday, Nov. 1.
Votes can be cast on those days from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except for Monday, Oct. 28, at the Mauer Annex in Bandera only when extended voting hours will be in effect. Votes will be received that one day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Any registered voter in Bandera County can vote early at any of the three locations in the county through next week. On election day, Nov. 5, voters will need to cast ballots at the precincts where they are assigned based on the locations of their residences.
All voters will have the chance to express their opinions about the 10 constitutional amendments on the ballot, but only voters in a portion of Precinct 305 will be able to vote on the Bandera City Council positions up for election.
Running for the three council seats are the three incumbents, business owner Lynn Palmer, college English professor Tom McEachin, who also serves on the board of the Bandera Economic Development Corp., and Rebeca Gibson, a former teacher and current personal assistant, along with six challengers.
The challengers are Cindy Lou Coffey, a self-employed businesswoman who once served on council and has run for the Bandera mayor’s post twice unsuccessfully, financial advisor Debbie Brown, Jerry Ruse, who owns Riverside RV Park and Chilly Dogs restaurant in Bandera, realtor Candice Witt, her husband and U.S. Department of Defense firefighter Gunnar Witt and Alan Calaway, a former Bandera city employee who is now self-employed.
The constitutional amendments on the November ballot cover a variety of topics.
The Texas Secretary of State’s website has the complete list of amendments along with explanations of the changes they would authorize. That information is available online at https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/forms/2019-explanatory-statements.pdf.