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Early voting has begun in Panola County, with local, state and national races on the ballots.

On this page you’ll find info on where to go, what you’ll need to bring with you to the polls and who’s on the ballot.

We’ve got more elections coverage at panolawatchman.com/news/elections.

Early voting runs Oct. 13 through Oct. 30. Any registered voter may vote early in-person. Where you vote depends on which election you want to vote early in. Most elections’ early voting will take place at the Panola County courthouse — excepting two school elections.

Voters who want to cast a vote during early voting in the Carthage ISD bond election or the Beckville ISD trustee race will need to vote in those elections at their respective school district.

Don’t know which school district or county precinct you are in? Check your voter registration card.

Go to the Panola County courthouse to vote in these races during early voting: Panola College, Panola Fresh Water Supply District No. 1, Gary ISD, Elysian Fields ISD, Texas Senate District 1, State Board of Education District 9, Railroad Commissioner, the Texas Supreme Court races, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeal races, U.S. House District 1, U.S. Senate, U.S. President.

Early voting at the Panola County courthouse will take place in the Elections Office, which is in the first floor room immediately to the left of the doors as you walk through the Wellington Street entrance. Dates and hours of early voting at the courthouse are:

• Oct. 20-23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Oct. 24: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Oct. 25: noon to 4 p.m.

• Oct. 26: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Oct. 27-30: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you need to vote at the courthouse by curbside, call (903) 693-0370 and the Panola County Elections Office says it will be happy to help you do this. During early voting, a member of the Elections Office staff will come out and help you.

Carthage ISD voters can vote early in the bond election at the Carthage ISD administration building, No. 1 Bulldog Drive in Carthage, on the following days:

Oct. 20-23: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Oct. 26: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Oct. 27-30: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beckville ISD voters can vote early for the Place 5 trustee at the Beckville ISD administration building, 4398 Texas 149 in Beckville. The district said its early voting would be Oct. 13-30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mail Ballots also have early deadlines. To be eligible to vote early 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; or

• be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

Visit https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml and either print or submit an order online for the application for ballot by mail to be mailed to you, complete the steps and mail it to the county elections administrator.

For the Nov. 3, 2020 election date, the last day for the early voting clerk to receive applications for a ballot to be voted by mail is Oct. 23. All applications to vote by mail must be received by the early voting clerk before the close of regular business or noon, whichever is later.

If you don’t want to mail your ballot, you can drop it off at the Panola County Elections Office. Call (903) 693-0370 from the curb, and an Elections worker will take your ballot. If you lose your mail-in ballot or haven’t received a requested ballot, contact the Elections Office.

If you don’t want to vote early, Election Day voting is Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at voters’ individual polling places. Check your voter registration card to find your precinct.

Voters must have one of seven approved forms of photo ID at the polls. Voters who do not possess ID and cannot reasonably obtain one can execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form and provide a supporting form of identification.

The seven forms of approved photo ID are:

• Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (not required to be REAL ID license)

• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

• Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

• Texas Handgun License issued by DPS

• United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph

• United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph

• United States Passport (book or card)

With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, the acceptable photo ID must be current or, for voters aged 18-69, have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. A voter 70 years of age or older may use a form of acceptable photo ID listed above that has expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.

If a voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed above, and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such identification, the voter may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form, which will be available at each polling location, and present a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of identification:

• a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate

• a current utility bill

• a bank statement

• a government check

• a paycheck

• a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate

• a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document)

The address on an acceptable form of photo identification or a supporting form of identification, if applicable, does not have to match the voter’s address on the list of registered voters.

The following is a list of contested races during the upcoming November 3 election. The ¤ symbol marks candidates who are currently in office.

Beckville ISD Place 5

Tiffany Adams

¤Tim Jones

Carthage ISD Bond Election

The election covers two propositions which would fund maintenance work and technology purchases while making no change to the district’s tax rate. The bond monies, if approved, would run through 2022.

Each proposition is a separate question on the ballot.

Proposition 1 will include $9 million total for maintenance, such as general maintenance, grounds maintenance, contracted maintenance, school buses and vehicles, security, custodial supplies, furnishings and preventative maintenance.

For each year through 2022, the district is planning $1.333 million for routine maintenance, $331,274 for replacement buses, $270,000 for replacement activity buses, $100,000 for replacement vehicles, $75,000 for security, $140,000 for custodial supplies and $50,000 for furnishings. Proposition 1 also includes $700,000 in preventative maintenance for things like painting, HVAC replacement, roofing maintenance and flooring and carpet replacement.

Proposition 2 includes $3 million for technology, including the one-to-one Chromebook program, desktop computers, printers, software licensing, instructional licensing and general technology repairs.

Elysian Fields ISD Place 1

¤Stephen Matthews

Sean Swank

Elysian Fields ISD Place 2

Bradley Lewis

¤Tena Tiller

Elysian Fields ISD Place 3

¤Brad Ellis

Matt Parker

Gary ISD Place 1

Sandra Dixon

¤Cody Pierce

Panola College Place 4

¤Hal Palmer

Mark Roberson

Panola County Fresh Water

Supply District No. 1 Place 1

David Bush

Bryan Pauley

¤Michael Vanderslice

Panola County Fresh Water

Supply District No. 1

At-Large Trustee

Douglas Baker

Bubba Broaduas

¤Barbara Cordell

Texas Senate District 1

Audrey Spanko (Democrat)

¤Bryan Hughes (Republican)

State Board of Education District 9

Brenda Davis (Democrat)

¤ Keven Ellis (Republican)

Railroad Commissioner

Chrysta Castañeda (Democrat)

James “Jim” Wright (Republican)

Matt Sterett

(Libertarian)

Katija “Kat” Gruene (Green Party)

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice

Amy Clark Meachum (Democrat)

¤Nathan L. Hecht (Republican)

Mark Ash

(Libertarian)

Texas Supreme Court Place 6

Kathy Cheng (Democrat)

¤Jane Bland (Republican)

Texas Supreme Court Place 7

Staci Williams (Democrat)

¤Jeffrey S. Boyd (Republican)

William Bryan Strange III (Libertarian)

Texas Supreme Court Place 8

Gisela D. Triana (Democrat)

¤Brett Busby

(Republican)

Tom Oxford

(Libertarian)

Texas Court of Criminal

Appeals Place 3

Elizabeth Davis Frizell (Democrat)

¤Bert Richardson (Republican)

Texas Court of Criminal

Appeals Place 4

Tina Clinton (Democrat)

¤Kevin Yeary (Republican)

Texas Court of Criminal

Appeals Place 9

Brandon Birmingham (Democrat)

¤David Newell

(Republican)

U.S. House District 1

Hank Gilbert (Democrat)

¤ Louie Gohmert (Republican)

U.S. Senate

Mary “MJ” Hegar (Democrat)

¤ John Cornyn

(Republican)

Kerry McKennon (Libertarian)

David Collins

(Green Party)

President

Joseph R. Biden (Democrat)

¤ Donald J. Trump (Republican)

Jo Jorgensen

(Libertarian)

Howie Hawkins (Green Party)