Voter applications are piling in in Washington County.

As of Wednesday, there are 23,258 registered voters in the county. Applications are still coming in from Tuesday’s deadline.

Washington County Clerk Beth Rothermel says on Tuesday, over 200 people registered.

Since March’s primaries, Rothermel says more than 1,300 people have registered in Washington County.

Rothermel says from what her office has seen, this year’s election feels like a presidential election from how busy it’s been, as well as the interest it’s generated. She believes the registration numbers are very similar to what they were for 2016’s election.

Rothermel adds that the turnout was “unexpected,” since there are few contested races locally.

Running for Precinct Two Washington County Commissioner are Democrat Ira Joe Newsome and Republican Candice Bullock. For District 13 State Representative, Democrat Cecil Webster is running against Republican Ben Leman, who is currently serving after winning a special election in May.

Early voting begins October 22nd.  The Washington County Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Saturday, October 27th, the courthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday, October 28th, from noon to 3 p.m.  It will stay open until 7 p.m. on the 29th and 30th, and will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 6th.

For more information about the upcoming elections in Washington County, go to www.co.washington.tx.us.

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