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Early Voting Continues Through Friday, With Extended Voting Tonight & Thursday

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Early voting continues across Texas through Friday, with extended voting times tonight and Thursday in the 2022 Nov. 8 General Election. In Hopkins County, voters will be asked not only to vote on state but also district, county and school elections. Hopkins County’s 8th Judicial District and county candidates drew no challengers in November. Three county school districts are holding trustee elections and one school district is holding a bond election.

Early voting in the Nov. 8 General Election continues through Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at The ROC in Sulphur Springs for Hopkins County residents.

Early Voting Schedule

Any registered Texas voter may vote early by personal appearance (in person) at the early voting location in their county of registration.

In-person early voting in Hopkins County is being conducted in The Game Room inside of The ROC, 115 Putman St. in Sulphur Springs. Voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, with voting extended two of those days to better accommodate those working during regular business hours.

The early voting location will also be open:

  • From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022;
  • From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022;
  • From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022; and
  • From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

Mail Ballots

The deadline for the voting official to receive ballots mailed within the United States from non-military and military voters who submitted an Application for Ballot by Mail (“ABBM”) is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 9, 2022, if the carrier envelope has a postmark showing it was in the mail by 7 p.m. Nov 8, 2022.

Please note that different deadlines apply to the last day to receive ballots depending on how they are sent :

  • (1) Ballots from non-military and military voters who mailed ballots domestically and submitted an ABBM must be received by the early voting clerk by 5 p.m. Nov 9, 2022, and must bear a postmark indicating the ballot was mailed by 7 p.m. Nov 8, 2022.
  • (2) Ballots from non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted an ABBM must be received by the early voting clerk by Nov 14, 2022 and must bear a postmark indicating the ballot was mailed by 7 p.m. Nov 8, 2022.
  • (3) Ballots from non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Post card Application (“FPCA”) must be received by the early voting clerk by Nov 14, 2022, and must bear a postmark indicating the ballot was mailed by 7 p.m. Nov 8, 2022.
  • (4) Ballots from military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted a FPCA must be received by the early voting clerk by Nov 14, 2022. (Ballots in this category do not need to have any postmark.)

Texas voters who are eligible to vote by mail must provide: (1) a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)-issued Texas Driver License, Personal ID or Election ID Certificate number; OR (2) the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number on both their Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) and mail ballot carrier envelope. As long as one of the ID numbers provided matches what is on the voter’s registration record, the voter’s ABBM and ballot can be accepted.

Early Voter Turnout (so far)

The first week of early voting concluded with a total of 4,350 (17.59%) of Hopkins County’s 24,724 registered voters casting ballots in the Nov. 8 General Election, and that number had increased to 4,698 in person votes as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

As expected, voter turnout in the 2022 General Election has been down from 2020, when a total of a 39.9% of the 23,954 registered voters in Hopkins County had cast ballots at the conclusion of the first full week of early voting. At the conclusion of early voting in 2020, a total of 12,965 county residents had cast ballots, and 15,932 Election Day, giving Hopkins County an 81.38% overall voter turnout in 2020, a presidential election year, according to Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

Early voting by personal appearance began last Monday, Oct. 24, with 887 county voters (3.59%) casting ballots, 194 by mail and 693 in person at the early voting center, located inside First Baptist Church’s Recreational Outreach Center (The ROC) on Putman St. In 2020, a total of 862 people voted in person and election officials had received 841 mail ballots at the conclusion of first day of early voting on Oct. 19.

Early voting in the Nov. 8 General Election continues through Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at The ROC in Sulphur Springs for Hopkins County residents.

By Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, a total of 3,824 had voted in Hopkins County, representing 15.47% of registered voters, including 3,550 casting ballots in person (626 on Friday) and the rest by mail. In the 2020 General Election, 7,786 county residents had voted in person and 987 by mail, giving the county a 36.52% early voting turnout.

Taking advantage of the weekend voting, another 361 people cast ballots Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, and 145 voted Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in person, and 20 additional mail ballots came in over the weekend, increasing the in-person voting to 17.59%, with 4,056 casting ballots in person and 294 mail ballots received at the conclusion of the first week of early voting. A total of 8,543 voters cast ballots in person and 1,015 by mail at the conclusion of the first week of voting in the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election, giving Hopkins County a 39.9% voting turnout as of Oct. 25, 2020.

Another 570 county residents cast ballots in person and 15 additional mail ballots came in on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022; at increased the total number of county resident who’d cast ballots as of 5 p.m. Monday to 4,935 (19.96%), with 4,626 voting in person (18.71 %) and 309 by mail. In 2020, with five days left in early voting, a total of 10,104 of the county’s 23,954 registered voters (42.18%) had cast ballots in the November General Election, 9,089 in person (37.93%) and 1,018 by mail.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, a total of 4,698 voters had cast ballots in person in the General Election, according to the “Notice of Total Number of Voters Who Have Voted,” posted by presiding voting judge Barbara Grubbs at 9:30 a.m. outside the door at The ROC. And that number continued to climb as a steady stream of voters could be seen entering and exiting the polling location Tuesday morning.

If Hopkins County voters are to match the 2020 pace, county residents will need to pick up the pace. A total of 53.31% of registered votes (11,529) cast ballots in person and 1,141 mailed their ballots during the early voting period, according to SOS data.

Election Day Voting

Voting On Election Day Will Be Conducted From 7 A.M. To 7 P.M. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, At The Following Designated Voting Centers:

  • Precinct 1 — Lutheran Church, 1000 Texas Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas (Front Foyer);
  • Pct. 2A — H.W. Grays Building, 413 Beckham Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas (Meeting Room);
  • Pct. 3 — Hopkins County Courthouse, 118 Church Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas (1st Floor Courtroom);
  • Pct. 3A— Paris Junior College-Sulphur Springs Campus, 1137 TX-301 Loop, Room 101a, Sulphur Springs, Texas
  • Pct. 4 — Hopkins County Civic Center, 1200 Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, Texas (West Hall)
  • Pct. 4A — League Street Church Of Christ, 1100 South League St., Sulphur Springs, Texas (Front Foyer)
  • Pct. 5 — Saltillo ISD, 150 CR 3534, Saltillo, Texas75478 (Ag Lab)
  • Pct. 11 — Cumby Municipal Building, 100 East Main Street, Cumby, Texas 7543, (City Meeting Room)
  • Pct. 12 — Sulphur Bluff ISD, 1027 CR 3550, Sulphur Bluff, Texas 75481 (Foyer Outside Gym)
  • Pct. 13 — Como-Pickton CISD 13017 TX Hwy 11 East, Como, Texas 75431 (Art Room)
  • Pct. 16 — Miller Grove ISD, 7819 FM 275 South, Cumby, Texas75433 (Foyer Outside Gym)
  • Pct. 17 — North Hopkins ISD, 1994 FM 71 Wests, Sulphur Springs, Texas (Admin. Building)

Additional Information

Hopkins County voters can find additional voter information about the General Election by clicking here; or by selecting the “voter information” menu option on the main page of the Hopkins County website, https://www.hopkinscountytx.org/page/hopkins.Voterinfo.

For additional information about the various elections on Nov. 8 ballots in Hopkins County, including sample ballots, click here.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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