Election Day is approaching quickly for Gregg County, and early voting is set to begin Oct. 18.
Voters can cast ballots on eight Texas constitutional amendments, while Kilgore ISD residents will decide the fate of a district bond referendum. Proposition A in the bond package totals $109 million for the construction of a new high school campus and renovations at Chandler Elementary School. Proposition B totals $4 million and would fund renovations at R.E. St. John Stadium.
The deadline to register to vote or update voter information is Monday. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Oct. 22.
Provisions of a new Texas elections law will not be in effect for November voting.
In order to receive a mail ballot, residents must meet at least one of the following requirements:
Age 65 or older;
Sick or disabled;
Expected absence from the county (must be absent during the entirety of early voting, Election Day, and provide an out-of-county address where a ballot can be mailed and include the dates mail can be received at that address); or
Confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
To register to vote or request a ballot by mail in Gregg County, print forms from the Gregg County elections website at greggcountyvotes.com, call the office at (903) 236-8458 to receive forms by mail or pick up forms in person at 101 E. Methvin, Suite 112, Longview.
Early voting is Oct. 18 through 29 at the Gregg County Courthouse and Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center, 1306 Houston St. No. 3340 in Kilgore.
For Gregg County voters, early voting is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 through 22. Early voting hours will continue Oct. 25 to Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours will be 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29.
Election Day is Nov. 2, and voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Gregg County, registered voters can vote at any of the following locations on Election Day:
Longview Community Center, 500 E. Whaley St., Longview;
Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCann Road, Longview;
Alpine Presbyterian Church, 4102 Tryon Road, Longview;
Judson Community Center, 1129 FM 1844, Longview;
Spring Hill First Baptist Church, 4000 Gilmer Road, in the gym, Longview;
Pine Tree Community Center, 1701 Pine Tree Road, Longview;
Community Connections, 501 Pine Tree Road, Longview;
Greggton Community Center, 3211 W. Marshall Ave., Longview;
Calvary Baptist Church, 4715 Tenneryville Road, Longview;
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 501 E. U.S. 80, White Oak;
Gladewater First Methodist Church, 217 W. Quitman Ave., Gladewater;
Old Sabine ISD Elementary Cafeteria, 5219 Old Highway 135 North, Liberty City;
Kilgore Community Center, 622 Kay St., Kilgore;
Meadowbrook Country Club, 1306 Houston St., Kilgore;
Elderville Community Center, 10450 Texas 349, Longview;
Saint Mark CME Church, 1100 Sapphire St., Longview; and
Stamper Park Resource Center, 502 S. Center St., Longview.
All voters must show an acceptable form of photo identification to vote in person. The following forms of photo ID will be accepted, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office:
Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety;
Texas election identification certificate issued by DPS;
Texas personal identification card issued by DPS;
Texas handgun license issued by DPS;
U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph;
U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph; and
U.S. passport (book or card).
The following is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one:
Copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
Copy of or original current utility bill;
Copy of or original bank statement;
Copy of or original government check;
Copy of or original paycheck; or
Copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a reasonable impediment declaration.