Governor could change runoff date, voting method
The county’s Elections Administration office is waiting to find out whether the governor will postpone the May 26 runoff election due to the coronavirus and/or decree that voting will be by mailed ballot only.
Elections Administrator Cricket Miller said that once decisions have been made, her office will receive an advisory from the Secretary of State’s office.
Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters on Tuesday that he has the authority to postpone the runoff elections or conduct them exclusively by mailed ballots.
“Everything’s on the table,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
In Hood County, two seats on the Commissioners Court will be decided by the runoff. All four candidates are Republican.
Realtor and civic volunteer David C. Cook and small business owner and volunteer firefighter Kevin Andrews are competing for the Place 1 seat. For Place 3, former Hood County constable and current state representative Mike Lang is battling firearms instructor and former reserve sheriff’s deputy Jack Wilson.
Wilson told the HCN on Wednesday that he has continued to do some door knocking and is hopeful that the coronavirus will largely dissipate with the arrival of warmer weather.
Lang said that since county and state candidates are on the ballot and more than 3,000 people voted in the Precinct 3 race in the March primary, he feels that rescheduling the runoff is “a better option allowing as many people to vote as possible.” As for campaigning, Lang stated that voters can reach him via his cell phone: 817-888-1989.
In the Precinct 1 race, Andrews said that coronavirus concerns “have definitely changed my campaigning.”
He said that he knocked on a lot of doors in Precinct 1 prior to the primary but is hesitant to do so now. He said that he feels compelled to practice the social distancing advised by the Centers for Disease Control and using “reasonable precautions” to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19’s spread.
Cook, too, said he is now communicating with voters in other ways rather than through face-to-face interactions.
“With a quarter of the population of Hood County being over 65 and the median age almost a decade above the national average, we are at an enhanced risk if the coronavirus were to arrive here,” he said. “We must make prudent decisions as a community to keep our most vulnerable safe.”