First two days of voting draws 159
Polk County Enterprise, May 2007
LIVINGSTON -- The first two days of early voting for the May 12 statewide constitutional amendment and county road tax election drew 159 voters by personal appearance, according to the Polk County Clerk's Office.
Early voting began Monday and continues through this Tuesday.
As of approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, 120 ballots had been cast at the courthouse in Livingston. Through Tuesday, 24 people had voted in Onalaska and 15 ballots had been cast in Corrigan.
In addition the clerk's office had received 13 mail-in ballots and 12 ballots from military personnel.
Voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the courthouse in Livingston and sub-courthouses in Onalaska and Corrigan, with the sub-courthouse locations closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
Voters may also cast ballots from 8 a.m. until noon this Saturday at all three locations.
Voters statewide are being asked to decide on an amendment to the Texas constitution. The proposed amendment would give tax cuts to elderly and disabled property owners whose taxes were already frozen when the 79th Texas Legislature cut school property taxes in 2006. If passed, the amendment would reduce tax bills paid by elderly and disabled taxpayers for 2006 and 2007.
Polk County voters will also decide whether to authorize a 5-cent property tax that could only be used for county roads. County officials estimate that the road tax would create $975,000 per year, enough to rebuild three miles of road each year.
City, school elections
Early voting also continues through Tuesday for trustee elections in the Goodrich, Onalaska and Chester school districts and for Corrigan City Council.
In the Goodrich ISD race, Position 5 incumbent Melvin Leggett is unopposed for re-election; Position 6, currently vacant, is being sought by Tom E. Messner, Kelly Sims Nelson and Rev. Tim Harrell. Position 7 incumbent Brenda Bennett is being challenged by Calvin Plank.
In the Onalaska ISD election, Position 1 incumbent Sherry Winkle and Position 2 trustee Caryn Price are unopposed in their bid for an additional term. Position 5 trustee Tom Curran is being challenged by Cynthia Sisk.
City of Corrigan voters will decide a contested race between Position 5 incumbent Martha Wright Barthold and Christopher Pelletier. Incumbents Leslie Jones Bucks and Lou Eaton face no opposition for Positions 1 and 3.
Six candidates are seeking seats on the Chester I.S.D. Board of Trustees. Incumbents Morgan Wright, Steve Havis, Ray McKnight and Vonda Tolar are seeking re-election. Jake Davis, Jeannie Johnson and Doyle Wayne Woodrum have filed for at-large positions.