Social distancing while voting in the upcoming runoff election

Social distancing while voting in the upcoming runoff election

VICTORIA, Texas – Early voting begins June 29th for the Victoria County Runoff Election, which was delayed to July 14th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Margetta Hill, Victoria County Elections Administrator, said the deadline to apply for voting by mail is July 2nd, those eligible to vote by mail in the state of Texas include those who are absent from the county during an election period, those with a disability that prevents them from appearing at the polling booth, those who are 65 years old or older, those who are confined in jail or those that are part of an address confidentiality program. 

On May 27, 2020 the Texas Supreme Court issued an order stating that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19 is not a disability under the Texas Election Code. 

For those who still wish to practice social distancing and do not qualify under the election code for voting by mail, hill encourages cautious voters to take part via curbside voting or early voting.

“The poll workers will have masks and they will have face shields because we’re up close to people all the time so we have to protect ourselves. We’re asking the public to please wear a mask, it’s not mandatory but it’s highly recommended that they wear a mask, and also we’re going to be cleaning, we recommend that if they have a pen, that they bring their own pen but we will have pens for them to sign but we will be cleaning them as each person uses them,” Hill said.

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