PALESTINE, Texas (April 14, 2017) – Early Voting for the 2017 City of Palestine election begins on Monday, April 24, and will last until Tuesday, May 2.
Early voting will be at City Hall, 504 N. Queen St., inside the City Council chambers, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesday, April 25, and Tuesday, May 2, City Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City Hall will not be open on the weekends for early voting. Registered voters can vote in the General Election for Mayor, and, depending on their address, can vote for council members in Districts 2, 4 and 6. All registered voters can also vote in the Special Election on Proposition 1. Proposition 1 asks voters if they want to redirect .125 percent of sales tax proceeds into a dedicated fund to repair and maintain existing city streets.
Voters are required to bring one form of photo ID to early voting, and on Election Day. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:
• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
• Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
• United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
• United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
• United States passport
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. Election certificates are available at all DPS offices during regular business hours.
Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot obtain one due to a reasonable impediment:
• Valid voter registration certificate
• Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
• Copy of or original current utility bill
• Copy of or original bank statement
• Copy of or original government check
• Copy of or original paycheck
• Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
After presenting a supporting form of ID, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. More information is available online at votetexas.gov.
On May 6, voters can vote at the following locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
• District 1 – Freedom Fellowship Church, 125 Kickapoo Street
• District 2 – New Fellowship Christian Church, 1500 W. Reagan Street
• District 3 – Washington Early Childhood Center, 1020 Hamlett Street
• District 4 – Westwood Jr. High School, 1801 Panther Drive
• District 5 – Palestine ISD Administrative Offices, 1007 E. Park Avenue
• District 6 – Palestine High School, 1600 South Loop 256
Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to: Teresa Herrera, City Secretary, 504 N. Queen Street, Palestine, Texas, 75801. Applications for ballot by mail must be received by mail no later than the close of business on April 20.