Primary election early voting opens tomorrow


Early voting begins Tuesday, Feb. 20, and runs through Friday, March 2.

The elections office says that more people are voting now than during the presidential elections.

Local races on the ballot include U.S. House District 17, State Senate District 5, State House District 12, State House District 14, Brazos County Commissioner Precinct 4, Brazos County District Clerk and Justice of the Peace Precincts 1, 2 and 4.

Numerous positions have multiple candidates seeking support. Established political parties received notification of a special write-in-only primary via their central committees, less than a month before the official start of early voting, and otherwise the Clerk's office has been silent on the subject.

Responses that candidates entered to questions posed by the league provide voters with background on the candidates and their positions on different issues if the candidate has responded to the league's inquiry.

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On the Democratic ballot, there are six candidates vying for the their party's nomination for governor; JB Pritzker and his running mate Juliana Stratton, Chris Kennedy and his running mate Ra Joy, Daniel Biss and his running mate Litesa E. Wallace, Bob Daiber and his running mate Jonathan W. Todd, Tio Hardiman and his running mate Patricia Avery, and Robert Marshall and his running mate Dennis Cole.

Early polling locations in Bell County will be open from 8 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; from 7 7 p.m. Saturday; from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; and from 7 7 p.m. Monday to March 2.

Both Rusk County and Gregg County are part of the countywide polling program in which registered voters in both counties can vote at any polling location in their respective county.

The Mauer annex in Bandera will offer extended hours to the public on Monday, Feb. 26.