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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – As of noon on Monday, Oct. 19, 950 Childress County residents had cast their ballots early and 119 sent in ballots by mail.
“That’s almost a third of the registered voters,” said voter registration office employee Barbara Sue Parr, who recently retired but is continuing to work as a contractor. “We have 3,659 registered voters in Childress County.”
Parr said there have been no hang ups with early voting, and officials are taking all possible precautions, including allowing only two voters in at a time.
They even have red tape on the floor and stairs to mark off social distancing. In addition to asking voters to wear face masks, Parr said they have face masks for those who need them.
“It’s going smoothly,” she said.
For those who want to vote early, Parr has some advice.
“Make sure you take your photo ID, so you won’t get turned away,” she said. “My biggest tip is to check the times on the day you want to vote.”
As a reminder, here are the times and days of early voting, which is located at the Law Library at the Childress County Courthouse. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21-Oct. 22 and Oct. 26-29; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.
For those who are on the fence of when to vote, Parr suggests, “If it’s convenient, you should go early,” she said. “Don’t wait until Election Day. I recommend early voting because it’s faster.”