By Emily Banks Wooten
Early voting for the May 24 runoff elections ended at 5 p.m. Friday. As of 4:20 p.m. Friday, a total of 1,088 ballots had been cast – 767 at the Polk County Judicial Center, 243 at the Onalaska Sub-Courthouse and 78 at the Sechrest Webster Community Center in Corrigan.
Voting Tuesday will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 12 different locations. Through an agreement with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, the Polk County Clerk’s Office has been approved to conduct elections at countywide polling places. What this means, basically, is that Polk County voters may cast their ballot at any of the 12 polling places available Tuesday, regardless of whether or not they reside in the precinct in which the polling place is located.
Polling places open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday include:
Escapees Clubhouse at 100 Rainbow Dr. in Livingston;
Trinity Lutheran Church at 221 Pan American Dr. in Livingston;
Scenic Loop Fire Department at 1406 FM 3277 in Livingston;
Onalaska Sub-Courthouse at 14111 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Onalaska;
Blanchard Baptist Church at 2450 FM 2457 in Livingston;
St. Joseph Catholic Church Family Center at 2590 Hwy. 190 West in Livingston;
Dunbar Community Center at 1102 Martin Luther King Dr. in Livingston;
Sechrest Webster Community Center at 100 W. Front St. in Corrigan;
Alabama-Coushatta Administration Building at 571 State Park Rd. #56 in Livingston;
Schwab City Baptist Church at 10998 State Hwy. 146 South in Livingston;
Soda Baptist Church at 8135 U.S. Hwy. 190 East in Livingston; and
First United Pentecostal Church at 404 E. Church St. in Livingston.
Local races that will be on the Republican ballot include the race for Precinct 4 Commissioner between Jason Richardson and Jerry Cassity and the race for precinct chair, Precinct 1, between Traci Barham and Monica Richardson. There are no local races on the Democratic ballot.
Statewide races on the Republican ballot include the races for attorney general, commissioner of the General Land Office and railroad commissioner. Ken Paxton and George P. Bush are vying for attorney general; Tim Westley and Dawn Buckingham are vying for commissioner of the General Land Office; and Wayne Christian and Sarah Stogner are vying for railroad commissioner.
Statewide races on the Democratic ballot include the races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller of public accounts and commissioner of the General Land Office. Michelle Beckley and Mike Collier are vying for lieutenant governor; Joe Jaworski and Rochelle Mercedes Garza are vying for attorney general; Janet T. Dudding and Angel Luis Vega are vying for comptroller of public accounts; and Sandragrace Martinez and Jay Kleberg are vying for commissioner of the General Land Office.