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There are only two days left for anyone who qualifies to vote by mail to submit their application. The deadline is Friday, April 30th. Applications to vote by mail must be received at the Elections Office no later than 5 pm.

Voters who wish to vote by mail must meet one of the following criteria. They must be at least 65 years old. They must have a disability which prevents them from going to a polling place. They must be confined in jail. They must be absent from the county during early voting in person and on Election Day.

This last issue, that you be absent from the county, is the most misunderstood. Your statement of absence forms the requirement that you actually not be in the county. So any communication (written or faxed) must be from a location outside the county. This also places the requirement on the early voting clerk that a ballot by mail, requested because of absence from the county, be mailed to an address outside the county.

The other issue about mail ballots is that once a request is made for a ballot to be placed in the mail, the ballot must be delivered in the same manner. A ballot mailed to a senior citizen may not be dropped off at the Elections Office, it must be delivered by an employee of a common (postal) or contract (FedEx, UPS, etc...) carrier.

Besides voting by mail you may also vote in person as an early voter. The Elections Office is also the Main Early Voting Polling Place for this election. Located at 111 N. Glass in downtown Victoria the office is open weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Monday. On Friday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 4th we will be open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Three temporary branch voting locations will be open on Friday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 4th. These are in the water district offices of;

Water Control & Improvement District No. 1 93 Illinois St., Bloomington

Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 91 Preston St., Placedo

Quail Creek MUD 515 Chukar, Victoria

Early Voting hours will be 8 am to 5 pm.

The Joint Election is Saturday, May 8th for residents of the City of Victoria, WCID 1, WCID 2 and Quail Creek MUD. Polls on the 8th will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. Each of these elections is the residents opportunity to shape the governing body of the political subdivision. The governing body sets the tax rate and determines how to spend the available funds.