The Governor’s most recent face mask order, requiring masks in places where social distancing cannot be maintained, has created a lot of confusion among citizen’s, especially when it comes to voting in the upcoming run-off elections.
County Judge Joe Fauth, speaking at the most recent meeting of Commissioner’s Court, clarified a bit of what is expected of Grimes County residents.
“Wearing a face mask covering is strongly encouraged, it is not required, but it is encouraged. So, those of you that are adamant about not wearing a face mask, and you are saying ‘well, I am not going to vote if I have to wear one.’ You do not have to wear one to vote,” said Fauth.
A reminder there is not a county wide face mask order in Grimes County, like there is in Brazos County, but Fauth wants folks to remain smart.
“If you are going to be around others, that you are not with all the time, it is not a bad suggestion to wear a mask. And some people have said ‘I am not wearing a mask under any circumstances.’ I appreciate you expressing your rights, and your authority. But, I ask that you keep other people in mind when you make your decision about yourself,” Fauth said.
Early voting for the upcoming run-off elections continues both at the Grimes County Courthouse and the Navasota Center, and election day is next Tuesday, July 14th.