Registered voters who won’t be able to get to the polls for the May 8 election – and who won’t be able to get into town for early voting before it ends next Tuesday either – still have time to request a ballot by mail.

    But the deadline for the county elections office to receive the request is Friday.

    “The voter may call and ask for an application to vote by mail, or they may simply just make a hand written request,” Suzy Young, county elections administrator, said. The office phone number is (325) 646-4333.

    Handwritten requests must include the voter’s name, year of birth residence address to mail a ballot and a statement of reason for needing a mail ballot. Acceptable reasons are age 65 or older, disability, confinement in jail or an expected absence from the county. And a signature must also be provided.

    Early voting in the May 8 Brownwood municipal elections has been slow, Young said Tuesday.

    “I would like to see people get out and vote early so they won’t have to wait in line on election day,” she said. “The last day of early voting is also very busy so I would encourage them to get out and vote as soon as possible.”

    Early voting may be completed at Adams Street Community Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday next week.