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From Comal County:

“It’s Election Day! Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The last person in line at 7 p.m. will be the last person allowed to vote.

What do you need to know if you plan to vote today?

1) WHERE TO VOTE: If you voted in the March 1 primary, go to the same place, unless you live in the following six precincts: 203, 204, 206, 302, 403, 406. The maps attached to this post show the new polling places in those precincts. To see where you should go vote, visit www.votecomal.com for a list of precincts and polling places.

2) WHAT TO BRING: If you have a state-approved photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.), bring it. If you do not have one, you can bring an alternate (voter registration card or current utility bill among them), sign an affidavit affirming you do not own an approved photo ID, and vote as normal.

You can also bring a filled-out sample ballot to remind you how you plan to vote. Sample ballots customized by precinct that can be filled out online and printed are also available at www.votecomal.com.

3) WHAT NOT TO DO: State law prohibits the following within 100 feet of a polling place: Firearms; electioneering of any kind, including clothing that advocates for a candidate; and the use of electronic recording devices, including cameras and cellphones.

Election results will be posted at www.votecomal.com throughout the evening, beginning with early votes, which will be tabulated as soon as polls close at 7 p.m.”

Election Day for the 2016 general election is Tuesday.

Polls in Comal County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last person in line at 7 p.m. will be the last person allowed to vote.

“We expect a busy day at the polls because of the high interest in this election,” said Elections Coordinator Cynthia Jaqua. “We’re grateful for everyone’s patience as they make their voice heard this Tuesday.”

Unlike with early voting, voters must cast their ballots at the polling place assigned to their voting precinct. To find your precinct number or polling place, or to see a sample ballot customized to your precinct, visit the Elections Office website at votecomal.com.

Polling locations

Six polling places have changed locations since the March 1 primary:

  • Precinct 203 will vote at Christ Our King Anglican Church, 115 Kings Way, off FM 1863, New Braunfels.
  • Precinct 204 will vote at the Comal County Bulverde Annex, 30470 Cougar Bend.
  • Precinct 206 will vote at Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS Station 3, 30475 Johnson Way.
  • Precinct 302 will vote at the Comal County Courthouse, 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels.
  • Precinct 403 will vote at North Shore United Methodist Church, 23880 N. Cranes Mill Road, Canyon Lake.
  • Precinct 406 will vote at Christ Presbyterian Church, 1620 E. Common St., New Braunfels.

Maps of the new polling places are available at the Elections Office website.

Regulations

Voters are reminded that state law prohibits the following within 100 feet of a polling place:

  • Firearms
  • Electioneering, including clothing that advocates for a candidate
  • Using electronic devices, including cell phones, to take photos or record audio or video

Voter IDs

Voters who have a valid photo ID must bring it to vote. Those who do not have one can bring an alternate form of identification and sign an affidavit affirming they do not own a state-approved photo ID before casting a ballot. A list of accepted alternate identifications is available at sos.state.tx.us/about/newsreleases/2016/092116.shtml.

Election results

Election results will be posted periodically on the Comal County Elections Office website after the polls close. Early votes will be tabulated as soon as polls have closed.

In all, 92,389 people are registered to vote in Tuesday’s election. As of Thursday, 45,278 (49 percent) have voted early by mail-in ballot or during the two-week in-person period that ends Friday. In the 2012 election, 51,874 people voted, a turnout rate of 66 percent.

Local candidates

Along with the race for U.S. president, contested races on local ballots include the Comal County sheriff, representatives for U.S. House Districts 21 and 35, a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, three places on the state Court of Criminal Appeals, three places on the Texas Supreme Court, and District 5 representative to the State Board of Education.

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