County hopes to increase voter turnout

Registered voters in Ector County can cast a ballot Saturday in the Ector County Hospital District and Odessa College joint election.

A total of eight Election Day vote centers are available for voters to choose from and all polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Candidates for Position 9 on the Odessa College Board of Trustees include incumbent President Tommy Clark and challengers Robert Brescia and Laci Harris.

Ector County Hospital District Board President Mary Thompson will face off against Wallace Dunn for the District 6 seat. Thompson has held the seat since the hospital district was created 30 years ago.

Early voting ran April 22 through Tuesday and unofficial results stated Ector County had 18 returned mail ballots and 252 people who voted early in person. The final day of early voting had the highest in-person turnout with 85 ballots cast and the lowest turnout occurred on April 24 with only 15 votes cast.

“Overall with the mail ballots we had 270 come out and vote,” Ector County Elections Administrator Lisa Sertuche said. “I’m hoping that for Election Day we’ll at least have another 200 with the eight vote centers that we have.”

Sertuche encouraged residents to participate in the voting process and gave a reminder for registered voters to bring an accepted form of ID with them to the polls.

Voting in Texas requires a valid photo ID such as a state driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a U.S. military ID card that includes a personal photo.

The Texas Secretary of State’s website states voters that do not possess one of the accepted forms of photo ID must fill out a declaration at the polls describing a “reasonable impediment” to obtaining appropriate identification. Those without a photo ID will be required to also present a government document that provides the voter’s name and an address like a current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

A complete list of Election Day vote centers and sample ballots are available online at Voters can also call the elections office to confirm voter eligibility or for general information about the joint election at 432-498-4030.