Election Offices Keeping Busy Mailing Absentee Ballots

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY -  Time is ticking if you plan to vote in the November election by absentee ballot, in fact, you'll need to apply as soon as possible. Local elections offices have been busy getting those ballots in mailboxes and prepping for the big day.

The Ector County Elections Office say they're getting dozens of applications for absentee ballots and they want to remind everyone the deadline to apply for it is October 30.

Inside green envelopes are the official 2012 election ballot, they're being mailed out on a daily basis from local election offices and that's keeping them very busy.

"The office has been very occupied filling out applications requesting an absentee application, its been overwhelming," Assistant Elections Administrator, Lisa Sertuche, said.

The Ector County Election's Office has sent out 1,104 absentee ballots as of Friday and it's expected to go up.

Sertuche says many of the absentee applicants are those who are in college or know their going to be out of town. But there are some requirements for those who plan on casting their vote by snail mail.

Applicants must be 65 years or older, have a disability, absent from your local county, confined in jail.

"They mark the box expected out of the county during early voting or election day. They fill out their application and once I receive it, I will mail them their ballot by mail," Sertuche said.

Another important note is that your absentee ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Here's the important dates you want to keep in mind.

- Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote.

- Oct. 22 - Nov. 2 is Early Voting.

- Oct. 30th last day to apply for absentee ballot

- Nov. 6 is Election Day

Election officials say they are in need of bilingual speakers to work the polls on election day. If your interested, you can visit their office in Odessa or in Midland for more information.