Photo By Joe Duty
Article By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger
Wise County Election: If election day is anything like early voting in Wise County, it will be a Super Tuesday indeed.
Primary election day is Tuesday, March 1, and 4,323 have already cast ballots early.
That shattered the old primary early voting record, according to Messenger archives. The previous record of 2,857 was set in 2008, also an election year with contested presidential races on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.
On Friday alone, 1,039 people voted, possibly a single-day record.
The total included 3,927 votes cast in the Republican primary and 396 in the Democratic primary.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day Tuesday.
Both the Republican and Democratic primary ballots will have contested races.
The Republican ballot features the following local races:
Sheriff – Lane Akin, Brandon Shawn DavisPrecinct 1 County Commissioner – Zane Lasater, Danny WhitePrecinct 3 County Commissioner – Randy Jernigan, Harry LamancePrecinct 2 Constable – Larry Short, Troy Gregg, Mike Andrews
The ballot also includes contested races for president, railroad commissioner, three places on the state’s supreme court, three places on the court of criminal appeals and one place on the second court of appeals district.
The Republican ballot also features four propositions, on replacing the property tax system, compliance with federal immigration laws, prohibiting the collection of dues for labor unions from public employee paychecks and assertion of 10th Amendment rights.
The Democratic ballot features one local race:
County Party Chair – Janet P. Akers-Amos, Tracy A. Smith
The Democratic ballot also features contested races for president and railroad commissioner.
There are six referendums, including one on an economic security and prosperity plan, criminal justice reform, renewable energy, allowing public educational institutions to opt out of campus carry and comprehensive immigration reform.
Full sample ballots can be found by going to the Wise County Elections Office website at votewise.org and clicking on “election info” on the right side of the page.
The Messenger will post election results online Tuesday night as they are available at wcmessenger.com, and coverage of the election will be featured in the midweek paper. The Messenger will also hold an election night watch party for the public beginning at 7 p.m. at the newspaper’s office, 115 S. Trinity St., in Decatur.
WHERE TO VOTE
Tuesday’s polling locations are listed below. An “*” indicates the polling location has changed since the last presidential primary.
PRECINCT 1Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut, Decatur
PRECINCT 2Ag Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
PRECINCT 3First Baptist Church, corner of Farm Road 455 and Main, Slidell
PRECINCT 4Masonic Lodge, first floor, 147 CR 2740, Greenwood
PRECINCT 5East Wise Fire Hall, 107 CR 4421, Blewett
*PRECINCT 6New Fairview City Hall, 999 Illinois Ln., New Fairview
*PRECINCT 7Assumption Catholic Church, 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur
PRECINCT 8Assumption Catholic Church, 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur
PRECINCT 9Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm, Alvord
PRECINCT 10Victory Baptist Church, 4346 N. Texas 101, Sunset
PRECINCT 11Crafton Baptist Church, fellowship hall, 2590 FM 2127, Crafton
PRECINCT 12Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro, Chico
PRECINCT 13Bridgeport High School, One Maroon Drive, Bridgeport
PRECINCT 14Lions Hall, 1107 8th Street, Bridgeport
PRECINCT 15Norma Coble Civic Center, 51 Runaway Bay Dr., Runaway Bay
PRECINCT 16Boonsville Community Center, west on Farm Road 920 off CR 3743, Boonsville
PRECINCT 17Paradise First United Methodist Church, activity center, 301 S. Oak, Paradise
PRECINCT 18Bridgeport Recreation Center, 1102 Lawdwin, Bridgeport
PRECINCT 19Lake Bridgeport Fire Hall, 301 S. Main St., Lake Bridgeport
PRECINCT 20Cottondale Community Center, 161 CR 3571 off Farm Road 2123, Cottondale
PRECINCT 22Ag Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
PRECINCT 23Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd
PRECINCT 24Newark Fire Hall, 406 Hudson St., Newark
PRECINCT 25Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd
PRECINCT 27Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd
See original WC Messenger article.