The Pleasanton Express will be hosting a 2020 General Election Candidate Forum, Oct.22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pleasanton River Park under the pavilion.
Local, county and state candidates on your ballot have been invited. Each candidate will have a space to put up a table and talk with voters. Candidates will be given a minimum of five minutes also to speak to the voters. These five minutes will be livestreamed on the Pleasanton Express Facebook for voters watching from home. We have enlisted the help of video professionals to ensure that the sound quality will be high.
We are very excited about this forum. We hope it will be a great motivator to get people out to vote. Come to the pavilion and meet these candidates in person. If you cannot come, please tune into the Facebook live. We want voters to get to know the candidates. We want candidates to get to know their voters and possibly reach those undecided. Early Voting for the Nov. 3, 2020, Election has begun and runs through Oct. 30, 2020. Let your voice be heard by voting at any of the following polling locations throughout Atascosa County: Atascosa County Annex II Building, 914 Main St. in Jourdanton, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Building, 1567 FM 3175 in Lytle, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Building, 744 Hwy. 281 South in Pleasanton in Poteet EMS Building, 551 Broadway St. Poteet.
Atascosa County is now a countywide voting county which means you can vote at any of the above polling locations from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Extended hours are on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you want to know about your local candidates, please go to www.pleasantonexpress.com and put Voter’s Guide in the search bar. For a non-partisan voter’s guide to all the candidates on the General Election ballot please go to www.vote411.org. You just enter your address and you will be given a list of all candidates on your ballot. The mask mandate for Atascosa County has been lifted and masks are no longer required for the general public. How does this impact voting? It does not impact voting due to the fact that in Governor Abbott’s GA-29 executive order it stated that voters were not required to wear masks. You may wear a mask if desired. Judge Hurley, in fact, recommends wearing a mask. The county is providing free masks to everyone who wants one at the polling places as well as free hand sanitizer. He is also requiring all poll workers to wear masks with the exception of workers who have medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks.
The bottom line is do not let anything keep you from voting if possible. Many have fought hard and some have died for our right to vote. Voting is easier than ever with countywide voting. Please exercise your right and vote your voice.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.