Gainesville Daily Register

October 7, 2012

Early voting begins Oct. 22

Staff Report
Gainesville Daily Register

Cooke County — Early voting in the Nov. 6 general election begins Monday, Oct. 22, and spans through Nov. 2.

Officials have designated the first-floor commissioners courtoom of the Cooke County courthouse for local early voting. During the 11-day voting timeframe, participants can visit the courtroom between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

But potential voters have only until Tuesday to register to vote on Nov. 6. Those already registered are not required to register again. But voters who have moved are urged to submit a voter registration application with their change of address to avoid delays on voting day. And younger voters who turn 18 years of age on or before Nov. 6, are eligible to vote and should submit registration applications.

Cooke County Tax Assessor-Collector Billie Jean Knight is also serving as the county’s voter registrar during this election year.

Residents may register in person at her office at 212 E. California St. in Gainesville.

Applications are available in both English and Spanish. In-person applications must be received in Knight’s office by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Applications are also available at post offices and can be submitted by U. S. Mail. However, those mailed applications must be clearly postmarked no later than Oct. 9, 2012.

After submitting applications, citizens will receive their voter registration certificates in the mail. Their voting precinct is printed on the certificate, and they should take the certificate along when they go to vote. If they don’t receive the certificate or if they misplace it, they can show their Texas driver’s license or other acceptable form of identification to the election clerk. More information about acceptable forms of identification can be found on www.votetexas.gov.

For more information about local voting, call the county clerk’s office at (940) 668-5420 or visit the office in person.

On Election Day

Voters will vote in ther designated precinct between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. A sample ballot and official list of voting locations will soon be posted on the Cooke County website, www.co.cooke.tx.us.

On election day, voters can participate at these following locations for the corresponding precincts:

Precincts 1, 3, 5 and 31 — North Central Texas College Library lyceum, 1525 W. California St. in Gainesville.

Precincts 2, 30, 34 and 35 — First Christian Church, 401 N. Dixon St. in Gainesville.

Precincts 4, 26 and 37 — Hillcrest Church of Christ, 1712 O’Neal St. in Gainesville.

Precincts 6 and 9 — Callisburg Community Center, 92 McDaniel St. in Whitesboro.

Precincts 7 and 28 — Tabernacle Baptist Church, 305 County Road 194.

Precinct 8 — Callisburg Elementary School, 648 FM 3164.

Precinct 10 — Mount Springs Community Center, 173 Mount Springs Lane in Valley View.

Precinct 11 — First Baptist Church activities building, 504 N. Lee St. in Valley View.

Precinct 12 and 14 — Era Community Center, 102 Malone St. in Era.

Precinct 15 — Myra Baptist Church, 218 Bradford St. in Myra.

Precinct 17 — Muenster VFW, 136 Ash St. in Muenster.

Precinct 18 — First Baptist Church, 121 N. Pecan St. in Muenster.

Precincts 19 and 21 — Conrad Hall, 504 W. 4th St. in Lindsay.

Precincts 20, 24, 25 and 27 — East Side Church of Nazarene, 1415 S. Radio Hill Road in Gainesville.

Precinct 22 — Lake Kiowa Lodge, 905 W. Kiowa Drive in Lake Kiowa.

Precincts 33 — Moss Lake Fire Station, 160 Spur 1201 in Gainesville.