Texas officials advise on bad weather voting

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Secretary of State is advising county election officials to extend polling hours and combine voting locations in case of bad weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Advisory for much of the state Tuesday morning. Some schools are planning to open late.

The secretary of state is the top election official and sent a memo to county election official on how to deal with potential difficulties. Each county will make its own decisions.

County officials can decide to open the polls late, but they should extend voting past 7 p.m. if they do. County election officers should also make sure the public knows if any polling stations are closed due to weather conditions.

Local media are expected carry reports on polling stations hours and closures.

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