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Posted on: August 20, 2020

Election officials answer important questions about voting this November

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The Nov. 3 election is more than just the Presidential election this year. Because of the postponement of the Municipal Election last May, Mansfield voters will also be voting on the City Council General Election, the City Council Special Election and the City Charter Amendment election.

There are a lot of questions this election about voting, including voting by mail and procedures for social distancing for those voting in person at polling locations. There is a lot of information to sort through so here is a break down so hopefully voters can get the information they need.

Voting by Mail

You may only vote by mail in Texas if 1) you are age 65 and older; 2) you have a disability; 3) you are expected to be out of the county of your residence or the country; and 4) you are in jail. An application for a ballot by mail is available online at https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml. Print and complete the form, then mail it to the early voting clerk in the county where you vote.

Some county early voting clerks are even offering an opportunity to email early voting applications to the clerk. Mansfield is located in three counties so residents here will need to contact the election office in the county where they reside.

Tarrant County: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections/Early-Voting-Information/Voting-by-Mail.html

Johnson County: https://www.johnsoncountytx.org/departments/elections-office

Ellis County: https://www.co.ellis.tx.us/312/Elections

Early Voting-Election Day

Texans will have an extra week of early voting this election, with early voting beginning Oct. 13 and running through Oct. 30. Election Day is Tuesday, 3.

Counties are finalizing details on polling locations as they work to put CDC guidelines in place to protect voters during the pandemic. Some voting locations for precincts may change to accommodate those specific guidelines. While voters in Tarrant and Ellis counties may vote at any voting center location in their county, voters in Johnson County must vote at specific voting centers based on their precincts.

Once the county election offices have finalized all early voting and Election Day plans, the information will be available on the City website and the link posted on all the City’s social media channels. There will also be inserts in City of Mansfield water bills starting mid-September.

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