Washington County Clerk Beth Rothermel says the turnout in early voting for the primary runoffs have been amazing as we go into the last day of early voting.
She reports after four days of early voting that 942 Republican have cast ballots in the runoff in Washington County while 70 people have cast Democratic ballots.
Rothermel says that while ‘things have been busy’ at the Courthouse Annex where the early voting is taking place, they do have parking spaces set aside for voters.
The early voting continues through this (Friday) afternoon. Rothemel says you can still vote in the runoff if you did not vote in the March fourth primary, but if you did you cannot switch parties.
Rothermel says the local Democratic and Republican parties have combined most of their polling sites for this runoff so you need to check the Washington County Clerk’s website to see where you vote. She also reminds voters that the Voter ID law is in effect and you need to provide the election judge an officially recognized photo identification. This could be a driver’s license, a state identification card, a certificate of citizenship or even a concealed handgun license.
There is one contested race on the Washington County Republican runoff. The race for precinct four Justice of the Peace has businesswoman Robin Luedtke up against attorney Bill Kendall.
There are hotly contested races statewide for the Republicans as well. Incumbent Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is up against challenger State Senator Dan Patrick in a bitterly fought election battle.
Ken Paxton and Dan Branch are vying for the Republican nomination for Attorney General.
The Democrats are keeping a special eye on the nomination for U.S. Senator to face incumbent Republican John Cornyn. State Party leaders are concerned that Kesha Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche supporter could be the nominee, instead of the party favorite David Alameel. The Democrats have another runoff for agriculture commissioner, as country music performer and author Kinky Friedman is up against Jim Hogan for that nomination.
Election day is Tuesday, May 27th with the polls open from 7am to 7pm.