Early voting for the Nov. 3 General Election begins Tuesday, Oct. 13. National, state, and two local elections are on the ballot.

This election is expected to have a large turnout, with the presidential race, three local Propositions, and the Rockport mayoral race on the ballot. Due to the expected turnout, in addition to safety precautions now needed due to COVID-19, the number of early voting locations has been expanded to two, and Election Day vote centers to five.

Interim Aransas County Elections Administrator Kevin Stroud said requests for ballot my mail are much higher than normal.

“I estimate we will send out more than 2,000,” he said.

Unlike other states, Stroud noted, “We have to have a request on file before we send out a ballot.”

The ballot items of local significance include Aransas County’s three propositions, and the selection of mayor for the City of Rockport.

(Note: All races on the ballot are not noted in this article. Sample ballots can be viewed at www.aransascountytx.gov. Click on “departments”, then “elections administration”, and finally “election information”. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download your sample ballot.)

County propositions

Petitioners forced Aransas County to place these Propositions on the ballot.

(Proposition A)

The issuance of general obligation bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $17,235,000 to construct a county courthouse and for the costs of issuance of the bonds; and the levy of a tax in payment thereof.

(Proposition B)

The issuance of general obligation bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $1,295,000 to construct roads and drainage improvements in the county for hazard mitigation and for the costs of issuance of the bonds; and the levy of a tax in payment thereof.

(Proposition C)

The issuance of general obligation bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $1,370,000 to construct and equip a county building to be utilized as a micro-hospital in the county and for the costs of issuance of the bonds; and the levy of a tax in payment thereof.

City of Rockport

Incumbent Mayor Patrick R. Rios is facing challenger Keith W. Allen.

The city election was postponed after the Governor allowed such action. The city election is usually held in May.

State Representative, Dist. 30

Incumbent Geanie W. Morrison (R) is running unopposed.

State Senator, District 18

Incumbent Lois W. Kolkhorst (R) is being challenged by Michael Antalan (D).

U.S. Representative, Dist. 27

Incumbent Rep. Michael Cloud (R) is being challenged by Ricardo “Rick” De La Fuente (D), and Phil Gray (Libertarian).

U.S. Senator

Incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R) is being challenged by Mary “MJ” Hegar (D), Kerry Douglas McKennon (Libertarian), and David B. Collins (Green).

President and Vice President

Incumbent President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence (R) are being challenged by Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris (D), Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen (Libertarian), and Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker (Green).

Uncontested candidates declared elected

There are a number of county candidates who won their primary election and are not facing an opponent in this election. They are: County Attorney Amanda Oster, Sheriff Bill Mills, County Tax Assessor-Collector Anna Marshall, County Commissioner (Pct. 1) Jack Chaney, County Commissioner (Pct. 3) Pat Rousseau, Constable (Pct. 1) Doc Thomas, and Constable (Pct. 2) Charlie Phillips.

In the City of Rockport, Council Member J.D. Villa (Ward 2) and Council Member Andrea Hattman (Ward 4) did not have opponents in the May election, which was postponed to Nov. 3.

Early voting locations

The two early voting locations are:

• Aransas County Elections Office – 602 E. Concho St., Rockport (primary location)

• Fulton Volunteer Fire Department – 401 N. 9th St., Fulton

Early voting schedule

Remaining dates and times for early voting are:

• Tuesday, Oct. 13 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 15 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 16 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 19 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 21 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 22 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 23 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Saturday, Oct. 24 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 26 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 27 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 28 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 29 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 30 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Election Day countywide

polling locations

The five Election Day polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. The locations are:

• Rockport GI Forum – 1911 Hardee St., Rockport

• Rockport Volunteer Fire Department – 212 N. Gagon St., Rockport

• Rockport Service Center – 2751 SH 35 Bypass, Rockport

• Fulton Volunteer Fire Department – 401 N. 9th St., Fulton

• Fulton Convention Center – 402 N. Fulton Beach Rd., Fulton

Voters can utilize any of the five polling locations on Election Day.

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