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announced that early voting would be extended by six days. Collin and Dal- las counties have both increased the size and number of polling locations and will allow residents who are phys- ically disabled or have compromised immune systems to vote curbside. “This election is a lot dierent from anything [we’ve seen], and there are really no written rules to follow,” Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said. “You just have to play it by ear and take it one day at a time.”
Despite these allowances, some party leaders believe not enough has been done to encourage participation in the November election. In Texas, only certain voters are eligible to vote by mail. Texas is also one of only six states where having COVID-19 is not an acceptable reason to vote absen- tee, said Ellen Steger, president of League of Women Voters Richardson. “Mail-in voting for everybody really would have been the smart way to do all of this,” said Joel Montfort, founder and president of Richardson Area
Pippins-Poole said. Logistical chal- lenges associated with social dis- tancing and sanitation are driving up costs and forcing ocials to rethink the layout of the typical polling location. Dallas County will end up spend- ing between $3 million to $4 million on ballots, new machines, additional training for sta and volunteers, clean- ing supplies and personal protective equipment, Pippins-Poole said. “That’s about a 40% increase of what it normally would cost,” she said.
Democrats. In-person voters are advised to come prepared with who they plan to vote for, to vote during o-peak hours and, above all, to give the process some grace. “Everyone is just going to have to be patient and take a breath because it’s not elections as usual,” Pippins-Poole said. “It’s not going to be that way.” Takingeveryprecaution The eect of the pandemic on the election cannot be understated,
Here is how voters in Richardson turned out by precinct during the 2016 presidential election. This year, Collin and Dallas counties both expect an increase in ballots cast. VOTER TURNOUT
COLLIN COUNTY DALLAS COUNTY
THIS YEAR’S PROJECTIONS FROMDALLAS COUNTY
Percent of voters who turned out in 2016
<60% 60%-65% 66%-70% 71%-75% 75%+
COST OF ELECTION: Up to
W. ARAPAHO RD.
since 2016 presidential 40%
WHENANDWHERE TOVOTE Each county is oering a vote center within Richardson city limits where voters can go during early voting and on Election Day. Here the dates and times those locations are open. DALLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS: A City Hall , 411 W. Arapaho Road Oct. 13-30: Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m. Nov. 3: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. COLLIN COUNTY RESIDENTS: B Oce complex lobby, 2703 N. Central Expressway Oct. 13-16: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17-30: Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m. Nov. 3: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
BELT LINE RD.
2X the record-amount in previous elections
100,000 applications received as of mid-September
60%65% Up from
75% Estimated to be
Lowest turnout 57.81%
Highest turnout 78.92%
SOURCE: CITY OF RICHARDSONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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