By LIBBY CLUETT
Graford ISD will conduct a community meeting tonight concerning the Nov. 5 bond election for the district.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m., in the Graford ISD Cafeteria and will present information and answer any questions regarding the $7.5 million bond the district proposes to voters.
Aging facilities is one issue the bond seeks to address. Plans are for the bond, if approved, to cover the following: school buses, the expansion and renovation of buildings and the cost of building an athletic complex, featuring new baseball and softball fields, a track and new locker rooms.
Early voting for the Nov. 5 election is underway. In addition to Graford ISD, the fate of a $25 million Mineral Wells ISD bond and nine constitutional amendments is in the hands of voters.
Additionally, voters across the county will be asked to cast a vote in the Palo Pinto Hospital District board election, deciding on either incumbent J.C. Colton or Matthew Baker.
Early voting goes through Nov. 1 and takes place at the following locations:
• At the Palo Pinto County Courthouse, located at 520 Oak St., in Palo Pinto: Oct. 22-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• At the Palo Pinto County Annex Building, located at 109 N. Oak Ave., in Mineral Wells: Oct. 22-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; extended hours are on Sunday, Oct. 27 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Lamar Elementary School: Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Graford ISD Library: Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m.
Those unable to vote in person during early voting or on election day can apply for a ballot by mail by contacting the county elections office or by downloading the application from http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/5-15f.pdf. The completed application must be received (not postmarked) by Oct. 25. Photo ID is not required to vote by mail.
Election Day is Nov. 5, with 17 polls throughout the county open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters will be required to show one of the following forms of current photo identification at the polling location before the voter can cast a vote:
• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS.
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.
• Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS.
• United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph.
• United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph.
• United States passport.