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November 4, 2013

Tuesday’s vote decides local and state issues

From staff reports

If you are one of the 2,004 who didn’t take advantage of the two-week early voting period, you have one more chance to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s uniform election at one of 17 polls throughout Palo Pinto County, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Palo Pinto County voters will help decide the fates of the following:

• Mineral Wells ISD’s proposed $25-million bond to fully replace the 1955 Lamar Elementary School building, improve security at all campuses and replace the high school track foundation, which has succumbed to shifting ground, and surface.

• Palo Pinto Hospital District’s Place 2 contested race, in which newcomer Matthew Baker is challenging incumbent James “J.C.” Colton. Tim Hopkins (Place 1) and Lori Baker-Boyd (Place 3) are also on the ballot, but are uncontested in their elections.

• Graford ISD’s proposed $7.5 million bond to cover school facilities and school buses.

• Nine Texas Constitutional amendments (see information below).

What’s now needed at the polls

A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before casting a vote:

• Texas drivers 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.

The photo ID must be current or expired no more than 60 days. Other photo IDs, including student IDs and employment IDs, cannot be accepted at the polls.

Graford ISD

The Graford ISD board of trustees is asking voters in the northern part of the county to approve a $7.5-million bond to cover school facilities and school buses. This includes the expansion/renovation of buildings and the cost of building an athletic complex, featuring new baseball and softball fields, a track and new locker rooms.

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