On Tuesday, the first day of in-person early voting in this heated presidential election year, the line at Brewster County’s only polling place extended out the door and down the street as voters queued up to make their voices heard.
Early voting for both the Nov. 3 general election and the City of Alpine municipal election will continue through Oct. 30.
As of press time Wednesday, of 7,556 registered voters, 388 had cast in-person ballots in just one full day of early voting, with 325 mail-in ballots received so far, for a total of 713.
All registered voters in all Brewster County precincts and all City of Alpine wards may cast their ballots early at the Judge Val Clark Beard Office Complex, 203 North Seventh Street in Alpine.
On Thursday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Oct. 22, the Val Beard Complex will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 26, through Thursday, Oct. 29, the polling place will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday Oct. 30, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
On election day, voters must cast their ballots in the precinct in which they are registered. For the city election, all voters will cast their ballots at the Alpine Civic Center on Nov. 3.
At the polls, voters must show a valid photo ID. To see acceptable forms of voter ID, visit votetexas.gov, and click on Identification Requirements for Voting.
Per Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order GA-29, face coverings are not required for in-person voting, but are encouraged.
Voters may view official sample ballots for Brewster County at the elections office annex at the county courthouse, 203 North Seventh Street in the Val Beard office complex in Alpine, or online at brewstercountytx.com. Click on Elections Information, then on Official Sample Ballot.
Sample ballots for the City of Alpine election are available at cityofalpine.com. Click on Elections, then Sample Ballot.