David Ball
For The Record
Election Day will be here before you know it.
Tina Barrow, elections administrator for Orange County, wants to reminds residents who want to vote in the November 6, 2018 General Election, or early vote, can do so by stopping by the Orange County Elections Office at 206 Border Street, Orange, TX. 77630, during the hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday to fill out an application to register to vote and bring back to the office or mail it to the office. Residents may also visit their website at http://www.co.orange.tx.us/Elections_Voter_Application.html, or vote.org, print out the application, fill it out and take it back or mail it to the office.
Those who have moved away from the county may call their office at 409-882-7973 to request an application for a mail ballot. Residents 65 or older, disabled residents or those who live out of state or out of the country may used mail ballots.
The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
There are two contested contested elections in November: Orange County Precinct 2 Commissioner race between Republican Theresa Adams Beauchamp and Democrat Deborah Mitchell, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace race between Republican Hershel Stagner Jr. and Democrat Gail Shaw and a $25.75 million bond issue for West Orange-Cove CISD.
Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 22 – Saturday, October 27 and from Monday, October 29 – Friday, November 2. There will also be early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 30 at the following locations:
• Orange Public Library, 220 N. Fifth St. in Orange
• Bridge City Public Works Building, 220 Nitsche St. in Bridge City
• Mauriceville Volunteer Fire Dept., 10691 N. Highway 62 in Mauriceville
• Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne St. in Vidor
For Election Day on November 6, 2018, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for 34 voting precincts.
There are seven forms of identification listed to vote in Texas according to the secretary of State site:
1. Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);
2. Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;
3. Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;
4. Texas Handgun License issued by DPS;
5. United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;
6. United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph;
7. United States Passport (book or card).
You are eligible to register to vote if:
• You are a United States citizen;
• You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
• You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
• You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
• You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
To confirm your voter registration status, you may select one of three methods to perform a search:
• Your Texas driver’s license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration;
• Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate;
• Your first and last name.
For more information on voting, go to the Texas Secretary of State website at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/.

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