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Early voting in Democratic runoffs ongoing

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The early voting period for two runoffs in the Democratic Party has begun in Bandera County and across the state and will continue until July 10 at three locations in the county.

Early voting in the runoffs that will name the Democratic nominees to the U.S. Senate seat and the Texas Railroad Commission seat that will be decided in November began on Monday, June 29, and will run on weekdays only for 10 days.

On the ballot for the Democratic Party are Royce West and Mary “MJ” Hegar, who are seeking the nomination to face Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in November, and Chrysta Castañeda and Robert R. “Beto” Alonzo, who are competing to represent Democrats in the race for the railroad commission seat.

Runoff election day is July 14, and registered voters will be required to vote in the precincts where they are registered to vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on that day.

During the early voting period, however, a voter can choose between three locations that will be open on weekdays to accept ballots.

Those locations are the Ray Mauer Annex, 403 12th St. in Bandera, the Lakehills Area Library, 7200 FM 1283 in Lakehills, and the county annex in Medina, at 161 E. Parker St.

Those voting sites will be open for voting daily from 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. except on Tuesday, July 7, when extended voting hours will be provided. The hours that day will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will need to present proof of their identity or sign a form saying they could not find the required ID to vote early like they do on regular voting days. In addition, the last day for vot

In addition, the last day for voters to apply for a ballot by mail for the runoff is Thursday, July 2.

The applications must be received by the close of business that day at the Bandera County Elections office or mailed to that office, care of Elections Administrator Gwenda Tschirhart, at P.O. Box 1882, Bandera, Texas, 78003.

The elections office is at 403 12th St. in Bandera.

Those eligible to vote by mail are registered voters who are 65 or older, disabled, out of the county on election day and during the early voting period or incarcerated in jail but otherwise eligible to vote.

Applications for a ballot by mail are available at the Texas Secretary of State’s website at