Early voting begins Monday for the July 14 runoff election for the March Republican and Democratic Party primaries. All in-person early voting will take place at the 1st Street Annex at 301 East 1st Street in Dumas, according to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna. The polling place will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday. Voters must have photo identification, and they must choose to participate in either the Republican or Democratic Party Primaries, they may not participate in both. Those who voted in the March primaries will not be allowed to switch parties for the runoff. In-person early voting ends when the polling place closes on July 10.
Voting by mail has already begun. Eligible voters will be able to apply for a ballot by mail until July 2. Only those who are over 65 years of age, disabled, confined in jail but eligible to vote, or who will be away from the county on election day July 14 and the period of early voting may vote by mail. All others must vote in person. Eligible voters should call the Moore County Clerk at 935-2009 to request an application.
When applying, voters must give the reason why they believe they are eligible to vote by mail. Once a voter receives an application, he or she must submit it by mail, common or contract carrier, fax, or email to the Early Voting Clerk of the county in which he or she is registered to vote. In Moore County, that is Brenda McKanna, 715 Dumas Avenue, Room 107, Dumas, Texas 79029. The email address for submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org. The fax number is 806-935-9004. If a voter submits an application by fax or email, he or she must follow up and send the original application via regular mail within 4 business days of the submission.
McKanna says voting will also be consolidated on election day. Precincts 101, 201, 202, 203, and 301 will vote at the 1st Street Annex. Precincts 401 and 402 will vote at Sunray City Hall at 405 Main Street in Sunray. The two polling places will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. As with the in-person early voting, voters on election day must present photo identification.
The Democratic Party runoff pits Mary "MJ" Hegar against Royce West to determine who will challenge Republican incumbent Senator John Cornyn in the November 5 general election. Voters will also choose between Democrats Greg Sagan and Gus Trujillo to determine who will take on the winner of the Republican Party primary runoff between Josh Winegarner and Ronny Jackson to replace the retiring Mac Thornberry as 13th Congressional District Representative in November. Finally on the Democratic ballot, Roberto R. Beto Alonzo and Chrysta Castaneda are competing for Railroad Commisioner.
For Moore County voters, one of the big races on the Republican ballot is the one between Chris Rivera and Kevin Smith for Moore County Tax Assessor-Collector. Because there is no Democratic candidate, the winner between Smith and Rivera will take the office by default in November and replace the retiring Nikki McDonald.
Finally on the Republican ballot, Steven Denny and Larry Doss are competing for Justice, 7th Court of Appeals District, Place 4.
McKanna says all possible steps will be taken to insure that in-person voters and election workers remain safe from transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).