Early voting polls open Monday

Early voting in Big Spring's municipal elections will kick off Monday as area voters prepare to weigh in on not only candidates, but proposed term limits for members of the city council.Early voting will be held at the Howard County Courthouse and continue through May 10, according to Saundra Bloom, county elections administrator.“The polls will be open each day, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.,” Bloom said. “We'll have extended hours Tuesday and Thursday, when the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Our hope is the extended hours will give area residents who have to work between standard business hours a chance to come in and cast their ballots early.”Area voters planning to cast their ballot by mail have until Friday, May 6, to fill out an application, according to Bloom.“Voters who are 65 and older, disabled or will be out of the county and unavailable to vote during early voting or election day can apply for a ballot by mail,” Bloom said. “If you want to apply, you need to contact the elections office so we can mail out the form. Voters must request this application, it won't automatically be sent out.”Big Spring voters will have a number of issues to weigh in on, including the District 1 and District 3 seats on the city council, as well as a charter amendment placing term limits on members of the city council.District 1 Councilwoman Stephanie Horton is set to defend her seat on the council from challenger Marcus Fernandez in the May 14 municipal elections, while the race for the District 3 seat has drawn multiple challengers, incumbent Councilwoman Joann Staulcup, Shannon Thomason, Glenn Carrigan and write-in candidate Oscar Velasco.For more information, you may subscribe to the Big Spring Herald or purchase an e-edition.