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Runoff election today: Here's where to vote

By Peggy Jones pljones@news-journal.com
July 30, 2012 at 7:10 p.m.


Polling places open at 7 a.m. today for voters to cast ballots for party nominees in runoff elections.

Tea party-led Republicans have all but suffocated Democrats, and winners of many local Republican primary races will take office in January because they face no opposition in November.

Here's a look at races across the region:

<strong>Harrison County</strong>

Elections officials in Harrison County said Monday they were bracing for long lines at the polls after "unbelievably high" early voter turnout in the Republican primary. Harrison County election administrator Daniel Teed reported 4,958 early votes cast and issued a warning for voters to prepare for long waits at the polls today.

For the primary runoff election - which usually receives little voter attention - election officials consolidated 26 polling places into four locations.

"We're sending extra poll workers and equipment to process people as quickly as possible," Teed said. "But people should be forewarned, the lines may build up."

The voting at Marshall Convention Center could be particularly slow. Voters from Pcts. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14, 18, 21, 22, 26 will cast ballots there.

The high-level of voter interest in Harrison County has been largely driven by one race between 71st District Court Judge William Hughey and challenger Brad Morin. The particularly bitter race has drawn statewide attention, along with ethics complaints, lawsuits and expensive ad campaigns.

<strong>Gregg County</strong>

The Republican Party race for Gregg County Pct. 3 commissioner between incumbent Gary Boyd and Joe Parker has been decidedly low-key. Gregg County election officials reported 3,168 early walk-in votes.

<strong>Rusk County</strong>

The Rusk County elections office reported it received a total 2,631 early votes (walk-in and mail-in); with officials characterizing turnout as "about normal."

Voters there will select a Republican nominee for sheriff between runoff candidates Jeff Price and Darryl Norris. The winner will face Democratic Party nominee Oscar Still on Nov. 6.

Rusk County Republicans also will make a decision on the District 11 state representative race, where incumbent Chuck Hopson is challenged by Travis Clardy.

It is the only runoff election for the state Legislature in Northeast Texas, for a seat in a district redrawn during the recent redistricting process.

<strong>Upshur County</strong>

In Upshur County, elections officials reported brisk early voting, with 1,791 early votes cast in the Republican primary and 22 Democratic votes. Incumbent sheriff Anthony Betterton faces his toughest challenge in more than a decade from Longview police officer Larry Webb.

For Pct. 1 Commissioner, Republicans will chose between incumbent James Crittenden and challenger Paula Gentry. There are no Democratic Party nominees for either position.

<strong>U.S. Senate, statewide</strong>

Statewide, Texas voters will select Republican and Democratic nominees to go head-to-head in November. The most high-profile race has been for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate between Gov. Perry-endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea party candidate Ted Cruz. The race is being watched nationally as a measure of tea party strength against the GOP.

For the Democratic nomination, rormer Texas State Rep. Paul Sadler of Henderson faces retired teacher Grady Yarbrough of Tyler.

There also are statewide runoffs in races for two seats on the Texas Railroad Commission, and one seat on the Texas Supreme Court.

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To cast your ballot, bring your voter registration card or at least one of the following:

<ul> <li>A driver's license or personal identification card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired</li> <li>Other government issued photo ID</li> <li>A birth certificate or other official document confirming birth</li> <li>United States citizenship papers</li> <li>United States passport</li> <li>Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity</li> <li>A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">*

<p style="text-align: left;"><strong>POLLING PLACES</strong>

<strong>Gregg County</strong>

Pct. 1-7: Longview Community Center, 500 E. Whaley St.

Pct. 8-11: Greggton Community Center, 3211 W. Marshall Ave.

Pct. 12: White Oak State Bank Community Center, 1101 S. White Oak Road, White Oak.

Pct. 13: Gladewater City Hall, 519 E. Broadway Ave., Gladewater

Pct. 14: Liberty City Community Center, 5333 Old Highway 135, Liberty City

Pct. 15-17: Kilgore Community Center, 622 Kay St., Kilgore

Pct. 18-21: Elderville Community Center, 10450 FM 349

<strong>Harrison County</strong>

Pct. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 14, 18, 21, 22, 26: Marshall Convention Center, 2502 E. End Blvd.

Pct. 9, 12, 13, 19, 25: Hallsville Gold Hall, north of U.S. 80 on FM 450

Pct. 5, 6, 7, 17, 20: Waskom Subcourthouse, 165 Texas Ave. West

Pct. 15, 16, 23, 24: Harleton Community Center, 4335 Community St.

<strong>Rusk County</strong>

Box 1 (Pct. 112 and 114): New London Community Center, 125 Tyner St.

Box 2 (Pct. 113 and 213): Kilgore Sub Station, 704 Peterson Road

Box 3 (Pct. 215): Tatum Precinct 2 Old J.P. Office, 295 W. Sterling Price

Box 4 (Pct. 214): Stewart Voting Box 214 13606 FM 782 N., Henderson

Box 5 (Pct. 316, 317, 318 and 319): Mount Enterprise Community Center, 300 W 2nd St.

Box 6 (Pct. 417 and 418): County Barn Pct. 4, 13612 FM 1798 W., Henderson

Box 7 (Pct. 111, 201, 212, 302, 303, 314, 315, 404, 415 and 416): Henderson Civic Center 1005 Hwy 64 W.

<strong>Upshur County</strong>

Pct. 1, 19, 20, 21: Upshur County Rock Building, 301 East Butler

Pct. 2: East Mountain Community Center 103 Municipal Drive, Gilmer

Pct. 3: Glenwood Water Department 6792 FM 726 South, Gilmer

Pct. 4: New Diana ISD Auditorium 11826 Texas 154 East

Pct. 5, 18: Assembly of God Church 1060 U.S. 271 North, Gilmer

Pct. 6: Walnut Creek Baptist Church 1969 North Sego Lily, Diana

Pct. 7: Ore City City Hall 302 East Main Street

Pct. 8: Union Ridge Community Center 2296 FM 593

Pct. 9: Big Sandy ISD, No. 1 Wildcat Drive

Pct. 10: Pritchett Community Center 1092 FM 1404, Big Sandy

Pct. 11, 16: Gladewater Former Students Building, 2509 Hendricks

Pct. 12, 17: Upshur County Library 702 West Tyler, Gilmer

Pct. 13: Union Hill ISD Ag Bldg. 2197 FM 2088, Gilmer

Pct. 14: Simpsonville Fire Station 10292 FM 556

Pct. 15: Rosewood Baptist Church 8240 Arrowwood Road, Gilmer

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