While the numbers don’t come anywhere close to an election year featuring a presidential race or even a governor’s race, early voting in this year’s election has been stronger than the last election to feature amendments to the Texas constitution in 2011.
At the close of early voting Friday, a total of 870 people had cast votes in the Nov. 5 election. That total included 548 at the Decatur Civic Center, 192 at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center and 130 at Rhome City Hall.
That represents a much stronger early vote turnout than in 2011, when 426 people cast early ballots.
Every ballot in the county features nine amendments to the Texas constitution. Those items are featured on a sample ballot found on page 10A.
Residents in the Paradise school district have three issues to decide.
First, they will vote on an eight-cent tax increase to make up for a shortfall in state money.
Second is a $3.25 million bond proposal, which would go toward improving and updating the district’s wastewater treatment plant, adding onto the wastewater plant, purchasing buses, repairing or replacing the roof at Paradise Intermediate School, upgrading the HVAC system at Paradise Elementary, and repairing roads on the campus.
PISD board Places 6 and 7 are also in contention. Both are three-year terms.
Ben Sanders, Doug Thomas, DeAnn Hamilton and Bill Mundy will challenge incumbent Scott Eisen for Place 6.
Ronnie W. Pewitt is challenging incumbent Lonnie Holder for Place 7.
A few ballots for Wise County residents living in the Azle school district will include a bond issue.
Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Consolidated voting locations include the following:
Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut, Decatur – Precincts 1, 2, 22, 3, 4, 5, 6
Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380, Decatur – Precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19
Bridgeport Lions Club, 1107 Eighth St., Bridgeport – Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave., Boyd – Precincts 20, 23, 24, 25, 27
Remember to bring photo identification to the polls.
The Wise County Messenger will publish election results Tuesday night as they are available at WCMess.com/election.