(Seguin) -- Early voting in the Nov. 7 General Election begins today. Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says casting those ballots early is always encouraged.
"Most important thing is that early voting starts October 23 and runs through November 3 so the voters have plenty of time to come out and vote if they'd like to vote early. Of course, we encourage it because it helps cut down on long
lines on election day. That's the primary thing. Photo I.D. requirements are still in place just like they were in November. So nothing has changed there. We have seven state constitutional amendments on the ballot. We have eight
Guadalupe County entities that have elections also so voters may see something besides the constitutional amendment on their ballot," said Adam.
Adam says voters are encouraged to utilize any early polling location that they wish.
"So for early voting, we have five voting locations. We have the Seguin Elections Office, the Schertz Elections Office, Grace Memorial Church in New Braunfels, Central Texas Technology Center in New Braunfels and New Berlin City Hall. Hours vary, so we have them on our website. They're available as well as voting locations and election day locations. But the early voting hours are a little different. The first week Monday through Friday, they're going to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. just like our regular business hours. Then Saturday October 28, the voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, October 29, they can vote from one to six and then Monday October 30 through November 3 -- which is Friday the last day of early voting, those hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. So there's plenty of opportunity for the voters to go -- if they want to go on a Saturday or a Sunday after work. We're trying to provide plenty of opportunity there for the voters to take advantage of the convenience of early voting," said Adam.
Adam says the actual Nov. 7 General Election is also incredibly exciting for Guadalupe County as it will be the first time that county registered voters will get to take advantage of the recently approved Voting Centers.
"As far as election day -- as you heard earlier -- this is very exciting for us because we'll be using Vote Centers for election day -- this election -- for the first time which means that any registered voter in Guadalupe County can vote at any Guadalupe County location. Voters don't have to worry going to the polls on election day and finding out that they're at the wrong voting location, because there is no wrong voting location this time around. As long as you're
registered in Guadalupe County and you're at a Guadalupe County voting location, you can vote on election day," said Adam.
Not every county offers Voting Centers, making Guadalupe County a prime example of the future. Adam says thanks to this new program approved by the Secretary of State Office, the convenience of voting just got easier for everyone in Seguin, Schertz and Guadalupe County.
"It's very exciting. It's a little unnerving also in some respects because while we're excited about the convenience for the voter, we're not sure how to predict where the voters are going to go on election day. From a logistical standpoint,
that's a little unnerving, but we've staffed the polls the best that we can based on where we think the voters are going to go. We just think that we've done the right thing making these decisions and we hope that the voters take advantage of it and enjoy it. We'll be having little exit surveys at the polls on election day so they can tell us that they like it or not. So that we can move forward with possibly using Vote Centers from here on out which will be incredibly exciting," said Adam.
Among the races appearing on the ballot is the race for Seguin City Council District 3. District 3 voters will get the chance to select one of the four candidates seeking the position. The candidates include Jeremiah Arevalo, Dennis Estes, Jim Green and Jim Lievens. The candidates are looking to fill the seat recently left vacant by former Councilman Phil Seidenberger who resigned for health reasons.