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Central Texas gearing up for Midterm Election

CENTRAL TX - Central Texans are gearing up for the big day on Tuesday - the midterm election. 

There are 33 voting locations in McLennan County alone, and all will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Elections Administrator Kathy Van Wolfe is encouraging everyone to come out and cast their vote. She says the voters can feel confident because the voting equipment has been tested and poll workers are properly trained.

Van Wolfe says the electronic equipment is easy to use by using the wheel and entering a button as opposed to a touch screen - but she is reminding everyone to carefully read everything before casting a vote. 

"Once you see the flag flying, you have dropped your ballot in the box and we cannot get it back. So don't think about it and go home and think, 'Oh, I should have asked this question cause it will be too late,'" Van Wolfe says.

Registered voters can vote at any of the 33 locations with a valid form of ID or fill out a special form. No guns are allowed in the polling places, and cellphones need to stay in your pocket or purse.  

FOX44 spoke with voter Paul McClinton, who has taken advantage of early voting. 

He encourages his fellow citizens to vote by saying, "Every citizen ought to be involved no matter what race, creed or background they are. Every vote counts. I encourage everybody to vote and be sure your vote does count."

Spanish speaking voters will be able to vote in Spanish, as well as get help from Spanish speaking translators at every location. 

Van Wolfe says there is a dress code voters need to comply with, and this means no campaigning at polling places in any form or shape within 100 feet. Red signs looking like stop signs will mark this area. 

Voters won't be allowed in if they are wearing campaign signs or candidate promos on their clothes.

Every polling place is ADA compliant, and poll workers will be there to help in any way they can. For polling locations and other details, you can click here.


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