Early voting for the 2018 city of Palestine elections begins April 23, and will continue through May 1.

Voters can cast their early ballots at City Hall, in the Council chambers, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Extended hours will apply on April 24 and May 1, when City Hall will remain open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Photo identification is required to vote, both in early voting and during the general and special elections on May 5. Acceptable forms of identification include:

* Texas driver license

* Texas election identification card

* Texas personal identification card

* Texas license to carry a handgun

* United States military identification

* United States citizenship certificate

* United States passport

Except for the citizenship certificate, which must be current, all photo identification must have expired no longer than four years prior to voting.

Election certificates are available at any Texas Department of Public Safety office.

If the voter does not possess one of the acceptable forms of photo identification, and cannot obtain one, supporting identification, along with a “reasonable impediment declaration” may be submitted, instead.

Such supporting documents include:

* Valid voter registration

* Certified original birth certificate

* Utility bill, or copy

* Bank statement, or copy

* Government check, or copy

* Current paycheck, or copy

Sample ballots of the May 5 general and special elections are available online at Residents may also obtain hard copies of the charter amendments at Palestine City Hall, the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, Palestine Visitor's Center, or the Palestine Public Library.

Those wishing to vote by mail, contact:

Teresa Herrea, City Secretary

504 North Queen Street

Palestine, TX 75801

Applications for ballot by mail must be received by the city no later than April 24.

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