Early voting begins
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The first two days of early voting in Upshur County for the Nov. 6 general election produced a heavy turnout, with about 700 persons casting ballots at the County Courthouse as of shortly before mid-morning Tuesday, said the County Clerk’s Office.

Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday to Friday through Nov. 2 at the clerk’s annex office, located at the east end of the courthouse’s second floor. Other than mailed ballots, all early voting in Upshur County for this election is at the courthouse.

A deputy County Clerk said 580 voters cast ballots in person Monday, and that another 110 to 120 did so as of about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. In addition, she said, the Clerk’s Office sent out more than 500 mail-in ballots, but she said she didn’t know how many of those had been received back as of Tuesday morning.

The deputy estimated that as many as 15 people have been in line to vote at one time, with probably six to eight lined up into the hallway outside the door to the annex office.

Upshur County also had a major flurry of persons who registered to vote in the election during the last three days before the deadline, said Pam Dean, Deputy Voting Registrar in the County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

At least 100 registered during the period of Oct. 5 and Oct. 8 and 9, she said. The number of voters registered in the county has swelled from 26,389 on Nov. 3, 2008, to 26,992 who qualified for early voting in this election, she said Tuesday.

County Clerk Brandy Lee encourages early voters to bring their updated registration card (which is yellow) in order to speed up voting. However, it is not necessary to present the card in order to vote if someone is properly registered.

The controversial “voter ID” act, which required photo identification to vote, is not in effect in this election.

Persons who don’t have their voter card, but who are registered to vote, can present such items as a driver’s license or personal identification card issued by the Texas Dept. of Public Safety, or similar documents from other states; a copy of a current utility bill; a birth certificate; etc.

For more information on early voting, callthe County Clerk’s office at 903-843-4015.
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