Candidate events set Thursday and Saturday this week
Shelby County voters will have at least a couple of opportunities this week to meet and hear from local candidates seeking public office on the March primary election ballot.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, The Rio Theatre and The Light and Champion will host a free forum at the theater on the square in downtown Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the forum beginning at 6 p.m.
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian will serve as moderator at the forum on Thursday.
Prior public candidate events were held on Jan. 24 at the Windham Civic Center hosted by Shelby County Today, and on Saturday, Feb. 1, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held an event at Joaquin ISD.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, Excelsior School will host a rally and gumbo dinner fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. The dinner and a cake auction benefit the school's PTO. The political rally portion of activities is schedule to begin at 6 p.m.
Due to the construction on the Center square, early voting for the upcoming Primary Election will be moved to the Center Community House, 423 San Augustine St. in Center, according to Shelby County Clerk Jennifer Fountain
Early voting will begin Tuesday, February 18th, through Friday, February 28th. Hours will be weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weekend voting in Shelby County will be Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
On behalf of the Shelby County Clerk's Office, Fountain extended a huge thank you to the City Of Center for working with us and allowing us to move early voting to the Community House. We hope this will encourage everyone to come out and vote!
2020 Election Calendar Dates
• February 3, Monday — Last day to register to vote or make a change of address effective for the Tuesday, March 3, 2020 primary election.
• Feb. 6 — The Rio Theatre and The Light and Champion are hosting a county-wide candidate forum for all Shelby County political candidates running in the March 3 primary election.
The event will be held at the Rio Theatre in downtown Center with doors opening at 5 p.m., and the forum to begin promptly at 6 p.m., with a targeted end time of 8:30 p.m. Each candidate will have a chance to introduce themselves in three minutes or less.
For the two county-wide races, for district attorney and sheriff, there will be a question and answer session following the candidate introductions. Audience members may submit questions prior to the start of the forum, which will be picked up at 5:45 p.m. The questions will be screened for appropriateness to the specific races and will be presented by the moderator with each candidate given one-minute for a response.
For all precinct level races for commissioner, constable and justice of the peace there will only be time for the timed three-minute introductions due to the large number of candidates seeking office.
• Feb. 8, Saturday, 5 p.m. Excelsior School — Starting with gumbo dinner at 5 p.m., followed by political rally at 6 p.m. The rally is free and open to the public with the gumbo dinner and drink sold for a $7 donation to the school's PTO. A fundraising cake auction will also be held throughout the evening.
• Feb. 18, Tuesday — First day to vote early in person.
• February 22, Saturday — Saturday voting in Shelby County will be Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• February 23, Sunday — Sunday early voting in Shelby County will be from 12 noon until 4 p.m.
• February 28, Friday — Last day to vote early in person — hours are 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
• March 3, Tuesday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. — Primary election day.
• March 10, Tuesday — Precinct conventions held for parties nominating by convention.
• March 14, Saturday — County convention for minor parties that are nominating candidates for single-county district, county, or precinct offices.
• March 15, Sunday — Deadline for state executive committee to conduct state canvass for all races with potential runoffs (races with three or more candidates). State chair must certify these candidates for statewide and district offices for placement on runoff primary election ballot to county chair as soon as practicable after canvass is completed. The certification will be posted to the secretary of state’s website.
• March 18, Wednesday — 5 p.m. — Last day runoff primary candidates may withdraw from ballot.
• April 27, Monday — Last day to register to vote or make a change of address effective for the Tuesday, May 26, 2020 primary runoff election.
• May 5, Tuesday — Last day for county clerk to post notice of the runoff primary election o202n the county’s website. The notice must also be posted on the county’s website if the county maintains a website. If the county does not maintain a website, the notice must be posted on the commissioners court bulletin board.
• May 15, Friday — Last day for early voting clerk to receive applications for a ballot to be voted by mail. (All applications to vote by mail must be received by the early voting clerk before the close of regular business or 12 noon, whichever is later. Applications to vote by mail must be submitted by mail, common or contract carrier, fax (if a fax machine is available in the office of the early voting clerk) or e-mail. The early voting clerk will need to designate an e-mail address for the receipt of applications for ballot by mail.
• Monday, May 18, Monday — First day to vote early in person.
• May 22, Friday — Last day to vote early in person in the runoff primary election.
• May 26, Tuesday — Runoff Primary election day.
• Oct. 5, Monday — Last day to register to vote for Nov. 3 general election.
• Oct. 19, Monday — First day of early voting by personal appearance for Nov. 3 general election.
• Oct. 23, Friday — Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, NOT postmarked)
• Oct. 30, Friday — Last day of early voting by personal appearance for Nov. 3 general election
• Nov. 3, Tuesday — General Election Day, polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.