The two-week early voting period in the Nov. 8 election begins Monday with extended hours and the anticipation by local officials of a large Brown County turnout.
    “Based on the (March) primaries and what we’re hearing, we expect record numbers, Brown County Elections Administrator Karen Opiela said.
    “We had a record number of new people register to vote that we had hadn’t seen before.”
    Early voting takes place at the Adams Street Community Center and hours are:
    • Monday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 29 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 30 — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Monday, Oct. 31 through Wednesday, Nov. 2 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Thursday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Nov. 4 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    The big draw, of course, will be the presidential election as voters choose between Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
    Contested interests locally include:
    • U.S. representative, District 11 — Republican Mike Conaway and Libertarian candidate Nicholas Landholt.
    • State senator, District 24 — Republican Dawn Buckingham and Democrat Virginia “Jennie Lou” Leeder.
    • City of Blanket — the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only (vote for or against).
    • Brookesmith school district — board of trustees (vote for one, two, three or four) Scott Burns, Terry Been, Jim Bob Bradley, Steve Smith, Julie Allgood, Wendy Harris.
    • Zephyr school district — board of trustees (vote for one, two, three or four) Ricky Simpson, Torrey McClain, Becky Cornelius, Jana Primrose, Jason Reynolds, Robert (Bob) Green II, Justin Gowin, Robert Armour Jr., John Moody.
    Voters should remember they are required to show picture identification before being allowed to vote, Opiela said.
    Acceptable forms of identification are:
    • Texas driver’s license.
    • Election identification certificate.
    • Personal identification card.
    • Handgun license.
    • U.S. military ID card.
    • U.S. citizenship certificate.
    • U.S. passport.
    If a voter doesn’t have or can’t obtain one of those forms of identification, other acceptable forms of ID are:
    • Voter registration certificate.
    • Original birth certificate.
    • Current utility bill.
    • Bank statement.
    • Government check.
    • Paycheck.
    • Other government document that displays your name and address, and an original is required if it contains a photo.