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Curbside mail-in ballot delivery to be offered

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Bastrop County mail-in voters will be able to drop off their ballots at the county courthouse during early voting and on Election Day.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on July 27 which extends early voting for an extra week and allows voters to hand-deliver their marked ballot to the early voting clerk’s office any time between they receive their ballot in the mail and 7 p.m. on election day, which is November 3 this fall.

As a result, the Bastrop County Elections Department will offer a curbside drop-off option near the county courthouse in Bastrop. Voters dropping off their ballot would travel east on Walnut Street between Water Street and Pecan Street, according to the elections department. There, election officials will take ballots curbside Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between October 13 and October 30 and on Tuesday, November 3. In order to accommodate the curbside delivery option, traffic on Walnut Street between Water Street and Pecan Street will be restricted to eastbound traffic on those days.

The voter must sign their carrier envelope as if they were preparing to mail it, except for including postage, with the marked ballot enclosed inside. The election official will add the voter’s name to a signature roster noting that they hand-delivered their mail-in ballot and will have the voter sign the roster.

The ballot will be reviewed by the early voting ballot board to verify the voter’s signature.

Only the voter who voted on the ballot can hand-deliver their own ballot. The voter must present an acceptable form of identification when delivering their ballot; if a voter does not have an acceptable form of photo identification and cannot reasonably obtain one, the voter can show another form of identification, such as a current utility bill or an original paycheck, and complete a reasonable impediment declaration. For more information about the forms of identification accepted, visit www.bastropvotes. org/voter-information-2/ acceptable-forms-ofidentification/.

Those voting by mail can also mail their ballot through the U.S. Postal Service or a contract courier, such as FedEx, UPS or DHL.

For more information, visit www.bastropvotes. org or call 512-581-7160.