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Early voting polls open
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TRINITY – Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election opened Monday amid a heavy turnout, especially for the Trinity box. A total of 244 cast ballots during the opening day at the Trinity City Hall while 33 voted at the Groveton Volunteer Fire Department and 22 voted at the Apple Springs Volunteer Fire Station. According to County Clerk Diane McCrory, an additional 271 ballots have been mailed to voters, but most have not yet been returned. The 470 total first day and mail ballots represent 4.1% of the county’s 11,400 registered voters “For the first day, we had a very, very, very good turnout. I think its wonderful,” the county clerk said. “I did received my first ballot back from a military voter today,” McCrory said Tuesday. “Under a new state law, ballots may be emailed to military personnel, but they have to fill it out and mail it back.” She said she emailed a total of six early ballots to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan under the Military Overseas Vote Early (MOVE) program set up the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. The early voting polls will be open weekdays and on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. While early voting in Trinity and Groveton will continue through Friday, Oct. 29, the Apple Springs polling station will be open only through Saturday, Oct. 23. The last day to apply for a mail ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 26. Mail ballots may be obtained from Trinity County Clerk Diane McCrory, P.O. Box 456, Groveton, Texas 75845. For information, call (936) 642-1208. During the Nov. 2 election, there will be a number of contested local, state and national positions for voters to select. On the local front, for the first time in recent memory, the Republican Party is fielding a candidate for a countywide office. Frank R. Cowan is facing the Democratic Party’s nominee, Doug Page, for the Trinity County judge’s post. Incumbent Judge Mark Evans did not seek re-election this year. The Republican Party also has two candidates seeking precinct offices locally. In the race for the Precinct 2 county commissioner’s seat, Republican Richard E. Chamberlin of Trinity is facing Democrat and former commissioner Bill Burton, also of Trinity. Incumbent Pct. 2 Commissioner Jannette Hortman was defeated by Burton in the March primary elections. In Precinct 4 justice of the peace race in northern Trinity County, Republican Kenneth N. Holland is challenging the Democratic Party’s candidate, incumbent Sam Blair. All other county and precinct offices on the general election ballot feature only the incumbent Democratic Party candidates. They include Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, District Clerk Cheryl Lynn Cartwright, County Clerk Diane McCrory, County Treasurer Jo Bitner-Bartee, Pct. 4 Commissioner Jimmy Wayne Brown, Pct. 1 JP Randy Barrett, Pct. 2 JP Bernie Beard and Pct. 3 JP Bobby Nicholds. Among the regional offices on this year’s ballot include the District 5 state senate seat in which Democrat Stephen M. Wyman is challenging incumbent Republican Steve Ogden. In addition, incumbent District 12 State Representative Jim McReynolds (D-Lufkin), is being challenged by Woodville teacher James White, the Republican nominee. Other races include the District 6 and 8 U.S. Representative seats. District 6 covers most of Trinity County while District 8 covers a portion of the southern end of the county, including Trinity and the Lake Livingston subdivisions. In District 6, Democrat David E. Cozad and Libertarian Byron Severns are challenging incumbent Republican Joe Barton. The District 8 race includes incumbent Republican Kevin Brady and challengers Democrat Kent Hargett and Libertarian Bruce West. Among the statewide offices on the ballot is that of governor, with incumbent Republican Rick Perry being challenged by Democrat Bill White, Libertarian Kathie Glass and Green Party nominee Deb Shafto.