December 4, 2022
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Early voting ends Friday, election day November 8

The final day to vote early in the November 8 election is Friday, November 4, at the Rains County Courthouse Annex with polls open from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. At the close of the polls on Tuesday, 2,541 residents of Rains County had cast a ballot early with 2,394 votes in person and 147 by mail. The total is 28.96 percent of the 8,775 registered voters in the county. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, at eight polling locations throughout Rains County. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m for registered voters to cast a ballot in the election. Rains County residents in the Rains ISD school district will vote to approve a tax rate for the school district that will increase revenue to the district by over $2 million dollars as compared to last year. It will be the third time that the VATRE has been placed before voters for approval with the first two tax rate increases not receiving enough votes to pass. Voters in the City of Point will choose representatives for seats 1, 3 and 4 on the Point City Council. The lone contested race has Courtney Frazier and Robert ‘Mike’ Marotta vying for Seat 1 on the council while Tammy Hooten and Angela Nelson will run unopposed for Seat 3 and 4, respectively. Rains County residents in the Miller Grove ISD will vote for three seats on the school board with Brandon Darrow, Bret Garrett and Ray Sparks vying for the positions. In a national election, incumbent Republican Pat Fallon is running against Democrat Iro Omere and Libertarian John Simmons to represent Texas District 4 in the United States Congress. Statewide elections in Texas include contested races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, Agriculture Commissioner, Land Commissioner, comptroller, Railroad Commissioner and justices for the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. On Tuesday, November 8, eight polling locations throughout Rains County will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m for registered voters to cast a ballot including: Voting precinct 101 in the Rocky Point Community Center at 2134 South Hwy 19. Voting precinct 102 in the East Tawakoni Community Center at 288 Briggs Blvd in East Tawakoni. Voting precinct 203 in the Bright Star Baptist Church at 1399 RS CR 3480. Voting precinct 204 in the Rose Community Center at 109 Ravine in Emory. Voting precinct 305 in the Della Blanton Memorial Hall at 200 RS CR 4370. Voting precinct 306 in the Emory VFD Fire Station at 1205 West Lennon St. in Emory. Voting precinct 407 in the Point Community Center at 241 S. First Street in Point. Voting precinct 408 in the First Baptist Church of Point at 985 Industrial Blvd in Point. All voters will need to present one of seven approved forms of photo ID at the poll to cast a ballot in the November 8th general election. The seven forms of approved photo ID are: Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by the DPS. Texas Personal Identification Card issued by the DPS. Texas Handgun License issued by the DPS. United State Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph. United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph. United States Passport. If a voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed above and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such identification, the voter may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form at the polling location. Along with filling out the form, the voter must present an original or copy of one of the following supporting forms of identification: A government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate A current utility bill. A bank statement. A government check. A paycheck. A certified domestic birth certificate. A document confirming birth, admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity. An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person's ability to move around. Disabilities and conditions that may qualify you for voting order priority include paralysis, lung disease, the use of portable oxygen, cardiac deficiency, severe limitation in the ability to walk due to arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition, wheelchair confinement, arthritis, foot disorder, the inability to walk 200 feet without stopping to rest, or use of a brace, cane, crutch, or other assistive device. For more information about the general election, contact the Texas Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-252-8683 or visit the website, www.votetexas.gov. For information about the local elections, contact the Election Administrator at 903-473-5000, ext. 109 or visit www.co.rains.tx.us/page/rains.Elections.

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