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Gaines Residents Still Have Time to Register for Upcoming November Election

By: 
Sentinel Staff
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gaines County residents interested in participating in the upcoming November 6 general election process, but are not currently registered to do so, still have some time to complete the registration process.

According to an election calendar defined by the Texas Secretary of State's Office, Texas residents have until Tuesday, Oct. 9 to register to vote and be deemed eligible for participation in the Nov. 6 general election.

Locally, in Gaines County, residents will have the opportunity to have their say in a number of state and federal level elected positions, and depending on their residency, the option to participate in elections being held for the City of Seminole, City of Seagraves, and the Loop Independent School District.

Local residents interested in registering to vote may do so by completing their applications with the Gaines County Elections Administration Office inside the Gaines County Courthouse in Seminole, or by logging online to VoteTexas.gov.

The early voting period will take place each business day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., through Friday, Nov. 2, according to an election calendar defined by the Texas Secretary of State's Election Division guidelines.

Election day polling for the Nov. 6 general election process will be held at four polling locations within Gaines County from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Those Gaines County residents wishing to vote by mail ballot, have until Friday, Oct. 26 to apply for a ballot by mail through the Gaines County Elections administration office, per state election guidelines.

In total, Gaines County residents will have 18 state-level offices to consider in the Nov. 6 general election process, according to the Texas Secretary of State's Office.

Highlighting the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election will be two county-wide races for offices representing both Gaines County and it's immediate region: the Texas State House Dist. 83 and Texas District 19 Congressional seats.

City of Seminole residents will also have an added election option to consider in the upcoming November 6 general election, as the municipality has placed before it's voters the consideration of an adding a half-cent -- or one-half percent -- sales tax increase for funding of regular street maintenance and repair projects on City of Seminole maintained roadways.

Members of the Seminole City Council voted earlier this summer to place the consideration before local taxpayers in the upcoming November election.

If approved, the new increase would be earmarked exclusively for street repairs, doubling the current amount being allotted. The tax increase would generate approximately $700,000 in new revenue.

City of Seagraves officials will be asking their constituents to vote for or against a proposal to reallocate funds related to a one-half percent sales tax from the municipality's "economic development purposes," to a "sales and use tax for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets. 

As for the Loop Independent School District, four positions upon the Loop ISD Board of Trustees will be up for election in the November cycle.

In November LISD voters will consider the election of three full-term board seats up for election as part of the board's regular term cycle, as well as an unexpired term for a seatholder who was recently appointed to the seven-member governing body.

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