MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Midland County Commissioners Court approved the use of the Horseshoe Complex as a voting location for the November elections.
Carolyn Graves, Midland County Elections Administrator, says in November “there’s going to be fewer that are allowed in at a time, it’s going to take longer to vote, so the wait is going to be longer.” She attributes those wait times to less electronic voting machines to account for social distancing, and the length of the ballot.
She adds that they are following all social distancing guidelines and sanitizing each voting station after every guest. But the biggest problem is not with the new guidelines, it’s having people to help put them into action.
“We had problems getting enough workers for 9 locations for the primary runoff. So to get workers for 20, we need the community to come out and help us.”
She is encouraging everyone to take part in early voting or to vote by mail if you are able.
While many states will be voting by mail this year, Texas is still requiring all who are able to go to the polls in person. Graves says that their measures are enough to make her feel confident.
“I’m not going to say that I’m concerned because we’re taking the precautions. I think we just have to be aware. Don’t be scared of it but respect it.”
In order to vote by mail in Texas, you must:
- be 65 years or older
- be disabled
- be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for Early Voting by personal appearance
- be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible to vote
Graves encourages everyone who is eligible to apply as soon as you can.