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Election Day approaches

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Now that early voting has ended on April 30, this Saturday is the last day to cast a ballot in this spring’s local elections for city council and school board positions.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Once the votes have been counted and the races have been called, watch our online coverage of the election at www.elgincourier.com, on Facebook @ElginCourier or on Twitter @MakeElginYours.

Elgin voters can cast their ballots at the Elgin Public Library, 404 North Main Street. Smithville voters can cast their ballots at Smithville City Hall. On election day, Bastrop voters must vote at one of five designated polling locations—three in Bastrop, one in Cedar Creek and one in Red Rock—depending on their voting precinct.

To determine your designated polling location for election day, and to verify you are registered to vote and find out for which elections you are eligible, visit www.bastropvotes.org/voter-information-2/voter-lookup/and enter your name and date of birth.

When arriving at the polling location, all registered voters must present one of seven approved forms of photo identification: a Texas driver’s license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card or Texas handgun license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety; a United States military identification card or citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph; or a U.S. passport.

A voter registration card is not necessary.

The photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years ago.

If a voter does not have one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID, and they cannot get one due to a “reasonable impediment,” they may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

On the ballot this spring is one contested race each for the Elgin City Council and the Elgin ISD school board, two races for the Bastrop City Council and one for Bastrop ISD, and two races for the Smithville City Council. No school board places up for election in Smithville drew challengers, so the Smithville ISD election was canceled. To read more about the candidates on this year’s ballot, see our county-wide election guide in the April 17 edition of the Elgin Courier or online for free at www.elgincourier.com/special-sections.

For more information about voting, visit the Bastrop County Elections Department website at www.bastropvotes.org.