Wise County voters flocked to the polls in record-setting numbers during early voting, which ended Friday, and a high voter turnout is expected on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Administrator Lannie Noble said although it’s impossible to predict, he and his staff are preparing for a 20 percent increase in voters from the 2008 election.
He said the redistricting process prompted slight changes to several voting precincts, but the majority of voters will cast their ballots at the same locations as in 2008.
The three new precincts include 2-7, which was carved from 2-8; 1-22, which was carved from 1-2; and 3-23, which was carved out of 3-27.
Other precincts with slight boundary changes are 1-1 in Decatur, 1-5 in Blewett, 3-20 in Cottondale and 3-25 in Boyd.
Although changes were minimal, Noble encourages voters to check the precinct number on their voter registration cards before heading to the polls Tuesday.
He also reminded voters that there have been no changes in the requirements for what is needed to vote.
“You can use a driver’s license to vote, but it is not required,” he said. “A voter certificate is sufficient.”
Voters may fill out a sample ballot and take it with them to the polls to use as a guide when they vote electronically. It should be noted that they are not allowed to share that sample ballot with other voters while in the polling place.
The Messenger ran a sample ballot in the Saturday, Oct. 20, edition. Copies of that issue are still available at the office, 115 S. Trinity, in Decatur.
While the presidential race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is of primary concern for many voters, there are also a few local races to note.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 61
Republican Rep. Phil King is running for re-election, and although he didn’t draw a Democratic candidate, a young Decatur man, Matthew Britt, 21, is running as the Green Party candidate.
Davey Edwards is on the ballot as the Republican candidate for county surveyor. The office has not been filled in more than 40 years, and he doesn’t have an opponent.
However, in an unusual twist, a proposition abolishing the office of county surveyor is also on the ballot. Voters have the opportunity to vote for or against abolishing the post.
If the proposition is approved, there will be no county surveyor position, no matter how many votes Edwards receives. If the proposition is not approved, Edwards will be elected to the position as long as he receives at least one vote.
OTHER COUNTY ELECTIONS
County races on the ballot, but featuring only a single candidate include judge for County Court-at-Law No. 2, county attorney, sheriff, county tax assessor-collector, Precinct 1 county commissioner, Precinct 3 county commissioner and constables in all four precincts.
District Attorney Greg Lowery is the only candidate on the ballot for his position in the 271st Judicial District.
Northwest ISD has a bond election on the ballot for those who live within its boundaries. NISD will also field votes in Denton and Tarrant Counties on the $255 million proposal.
The city of Paradise has a city council election on the Nov. 6 ballot as well. Only one of the three races is contested. Current council members Chris Harris and Bob Gayan are both running for Place 2.
If you have questions about the election or voting procedures, call the Wise County election administrator’s office at (940) 626-4453 or drop by the office at 1555 West Business 380, Suite 1, in Decatur.
VOTING PRECINCTS AND POLLING LOCATIONS
The first number is the county commissioner precinct, and the second number is the voting precinct. For example, a voter in Precinct 1-6 has an address in county commissioner Precinct 1 and is in voting Precinct 6.
Below is a list of all the precincts and their polling places. Precincts that have had boundary changes or that are newly created are marked with an asterisk.
- *Precinct 1-1, Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut, Decatur
- *Precinct 1-2, Ag Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
- *Precinct 1-22, Ag Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
- Precinct 1-3, First Baptist Church, Corner of Farm Road 455 and Main Street, Slidell
- Precinct 1-4, Masonic Lodge, 1st floor, 146 CR 2640, Greenwood
- *Precinct 1-5, East Wise Fire Hall, 107 CR 4421, Blewett
- Precinct 1-6, Community Center, East Farm Road 407, New Fairview
- *Precinct 2-7, Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380, Decatur
- *Precinct 2-8, Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380, Decatur
- Precinct 2-9, Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm, Alvord
- Precinct 2-10, Victory Baptist Church, 4346 N. Hwy 101, Sunset (Park Springs)
- Precinct 2-11, Crafton Baptist Church, fellowship hall, 2590 FM 2127, Crafton
- Precinct 2-12, Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro, Chico
- Precinct 4-13, Bridgeport High School, One Maroon Drive, Bridgeport
- Precinct 4-14, Bridgeport Lions Hall, 1107 8th St., Bridgeport
- Precinct 4-15, Norma Coble Civic Center, 51 Runaway Bay Dr., Runaway Bay
- Precinct 4-16, Boonsville Community Center, west on FM 920 off CR 3743, Boonsville
- Precinct 4-17, First United Methodist Church, activity center, 301 S. Oak, Paradise
- Precinct 2-18, Bridgeport Recreation Center, 1102 Lawdwin, Bridgeport
- Precinct 2-19, Lake Bridgeport Fire Hall, 301 S. Main Street, Lake Bridgeport
- *Precinct 3-20, Cottondale Community Center, 161 CR 3571 of FM 2123, Cottondale
- *Precinct 3-23, Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd
- Precinct 3-24, Newark Fire Hall, 406 Hudson St., Newark
- *Precinct 3-25, Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd
- *Precinct 3-27, Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd