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Posted on: March 1, 2016

Wise County Election: March to the polls; Early voters smash record; Primary election day is Tuesday

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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 Davis
Precinct 1 County Commissioner – Zane Lasater, Danny White
Precinct 3 County Commissioner – Randy Jernigan, Harry Lamance
Precinct 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 1
Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut, Decatur


PRECINCT 2
Ag Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur


PRECINCT 3
First Baptist Church, corner of Farm Road 455 and Main, Slidell


PRECINCT 4
Masonic Lodge, first floor, 147 CR 2740, Greenwood


PRECINCT 5
East Wise Fire Hall, 107 CR 4421, Blewett


*PRECINCT 6
New Fairview City Hall, 999 Illinois Ln., New Fairview


*PRECINCT 7
Assumption Catholic Church, 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur


PRECINCT 8
Assumption Catholic Church, 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur


PRECINCT 9
Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm, Alvord


PRECINCT 10
Victory Baptist Church, 4346 N. Texas 101, Sunset


PRECINCT 11
Crafton Baptist Church, fellowship hall, 2590 FM 2127, Crafton


PRECINCT 12
Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro, Chico


PRECINCT 13
Bridgeport High School, One Maroon Drive, Bridgeport


PRECINCT 14
Lions Hall, 1107 8th Street, Bridgeport


PRECINCT 15
Norma Coble Civic Center, 51 Runaway Bay Dr., Runaway Bay


PRECINCT 16
Boonsville Community Center, west on Farm Road 920 off CR 3743, Boonsville


PRECINCT 17
Paradise First United Methodist Church, activity center, 301 S. Oak, Paradise


PRECINCT 18
Bridgeport Recreation Center, 1102 Lawdwin, Bridgeport


PRECINCT 19
Lake Bridgeport Fire Hall, 301 S. Main St., Lake Bridgeport


PRECINCT 20
Cottondale Community Center, 161 CR 3571 off Farm Road 2123, Cottondale


PRECINCT 22
Ag Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur


PRECINCT 23
Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd


PRECINCT 24
Newark Fire Hall, 406 Hudson St., Newark


PRECINCT 25
Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd


PRECINCT 27
Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd


See original WC Messenger article.

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