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Gregg County adds early voting Sunday at three polls

By Glenn Evans
Feb. 17, 2014 at 11 p.m.

Voters in contested races in Longview and southern Gregg County got an extra day of early voting in their neighborhoods Monday, as county commissioners OK'd a request to add Sunday voting in their precincts.

Early voting in the primary election starts today and lasts through Feb. 28. Election Day is March 4.

Kilgore voters got the noon to 3 p.m. Sunday voting window, too, as Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy asked that all three satellite polls be added to the courthouse for Sunday voting.

"We're kind of looking at the activity that is going on, and I'm suggesting we add a Sunday voting at the branch stations," Nealy said. "The activity I'm talking about is because they have contested races in Pct. 2 and Pct. 4.

In Pct. 2, roughly West and North Longview, incumbent Commissioner Darryl Primo faces a challenge in the March 4 GOP primary from Kimberly Fish. Incumbent Pct. 4 Commissioner John Mathis has drawn Democratic challenges from Billy Hatten and Shannon Brown to represent South Longview, southern Gregg County and part of Kilgore.

Bobby White, Phillip Burns Sr. and James Mathis are seeking the Democratic vote in the Pct. 4 justice of the peace race.

Voters will need one of seven state-approved photo IDs to cast ballots. Some two-thirds of voters in Gregg County could not provide those for the state constitutional amendment election in November but signed affidavits affirming their identity.

The approved photo IDs are a Texas driver's license, personal identification card or election identification certificate, all three of which are obtained through the Department of Public Safety, or a U.S. passport, concealed handgun license, military ID card or U.S. citizenship certificate bearing a photo.

Early voting starts today at the courthouse, Greggton and Kilgore community centers and Broughton Recreation Center. The satellite polls, respectively, are at 3211 W. Marshall Ave., 622 Kay St. in Kilgore and 801 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Hours at all four sites are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

Saturday hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the courthouse, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the other three sites. Sunday hours at the courthouse remain noon to 5 p.m.

Early voting Monday through Feb. 28 is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the courthouse and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the other three sites.

In other action Monday, commissioners approved a contract renewal with their employee benefits consultant, Ken Wethe.

Primo asked whether Wethe could work up an estimate to include a county contribution to retirees, and Auditor Laurie Woloszyn replied that likely would require action by the full court and possibly re-negotiation with Wethe, who was ill and missed Monday's meeting.



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