Here is what McKinney voters need to know as early voting begins Oct. 13

At the John and Judy Gay Library in McKinney, the wait time to get inside to vote was about 30 minutes on Oct. 13. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
At the John and Judy Gay Library in McKinney, the wait time to get inside to vote was about 30 minutes on Oct. 13. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

At the John and Judy Gay Library in McKinney, the wait time to get inside to vote was about 30 minutes on Oct. 13. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

Early voting began Oct. 13 in Collin County. Turnout is already expected to surge due to an increase in the number of registered voters as well as high interest in some of this year’s races. The following coverage of the Nov. 3 election includes everything voters should know before heading to the polls.

  • McKinney residents can cast ballots at any polling location within their respective county of residence during early voting Oct. 13-30 and on Nov. 3, Election Day. Here is a link to sample ballot listings for Collin County residents. The map below shows local polling locations within McKinney city limits for Collin County voters.





  • In Collin County, early voting is available at these times on these dates:


Oct. 13-16: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Oct. 17: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 18: 1-6 p.m.

Oct. 19-24: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 25: 1-6 p.m.


Oct. 26-30: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Election Day is approaching, and so are key deadlines. This election will look a little different in Texas with COVID-19 precautions and the absence of straight-ticket voting. Here are some things to look out for this October and on Election Day.

  • Gov. Greg Abbott extended early voting for the Nov. 3 election by a week July 27, citing the pressure of holding an election during the pandemic in a press release. Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30. The proclamation also allows for marked mail-in ballots to be delivered before or on Election Day. To find out where you can drop off your mail-in ballot, visit the Collin County Elections Office website.

  • Increased turnout is just one factor driving the anticipated increase in wait times at the polls. Completing a ballot will take longer due to an increased number of races, the elimination of straight-party voting and new sanitation protocols, according to local and state officials. To check wait times of polling locations, visit the Collin County Elections Office.

  • For first time voters, here are some basic processes Texans can expect to go through at the polls.


Community Impact Newspaper will report on the election throughout the early voting period and on Election Day. Follow our continuous coverage and find candidate Q&A's and more at www.communityimpact.com/vote.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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