Nearly 15 percent of Shelby County voters cast ballots during early voting period

Check out Tuesday polling locations; list of local candidates on March 3 ballot

Shelby County voters finished early voting strong with 2,275 in person early votes cast, according to Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Clerk.

That figure far surpassed the local early voting numbers in the last presidential year primary of 2016, when 1,676 local early votes were cast, she said. The increase of 599 more votes represented more than a 35 percent jump as a number of hotly contested local races evidently helped stimlate local early voting this year.

Friday's early voting total of 329 voters represented the largest one day total turnout in the early voting period. The next highest turnout date was opening day on Feb. 18, when 320 people turned out for Shelby County early voting.

The Republican Primary ballot has a large of number of contested races topped by five candidates seeking the sheriff's job and a contested race for district attorney; along with contested county commissioner seats for precincts 1 and 3; five people seeking the Pct. 3 JP seat; and contested races for several constable positions.

If a runoff election is needed in any of the contests the primary election runoff date is Tuesday, May 26, officials said. The early voting period for the runoff election is Monday, May 18-Friday, May 22.

According to the Texas Secretary of State's office, Shelby County has 15,285 voters registered for the March 3 primaries. As of Friday's total of 2,276 votes cast in person, that means about 14.8 percent of registered voters in the county have already made their decisions final by casting ballots already.

That total does not include mail-in ballots.

This year's Shelby County registration number is nearly 4 percent above the total of registered voters in the last presidential election year primary of 2016. The county had 14,713 people registered to vote in March 2016, according to Texas Secretary of State figures.

Among local candidates seeking office on the March 3 primary election ballot are:

• District Attorney — Stephen Shires (I) and Karren Price

• County Attorney — Gary Rholes (I)

• County Tax Assessor-Collector — Debora Riley (i)

• Sheriff — Newton Johnson Jr.; Tanner Peace; Derek Barbee; Joey Hudnall and Kevin W. Windham.

• Pct. 1 County Commissioner — Roscoe McSwain (I) and Donnie Borders

• Pct. 3 County Commissioner — David Cheatwood, Stevie Smith and Willis Blackwell

• Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace — Sean Permenter, Darrell Alford, Billy D. Barnett, Don Jones and Melba Rodgers

• Pct. 1 Constable — Zach Warr (i) and Ricky King

• Pct. 2 Constable — Jamie Hagler (I) and Randy Dean

• Pct. 3 Constable — Roy Cheatwood (i)

• Pct. 4 Constable — Jake Metcalf (i) and Bryan Gray

• Pct. 5 Constable — Josh Tipton and Robert Hairgrove (i)

• County Democrat Party Chair — Patsy Handy (i)

• County Republican Party Chair — Leigh Porterfield (i)

Also filing for re-election has been incumbent District 9 State Rep. Chris Paddie, (R-Marshall), who is being challenged in the March primary by Mark Williams of Carthage.

On primary election day, March 3, polling places across Shelby County will be open from 7 a.m.— 7 p.m.

For voting on election day, polling places for the Republican and Democrat primary elections are as follows:

Republican Voting Locations:

Precinct 1 North 

First United Methodist Church 
211 N. Porter Street
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 1 South

Church of Christ 
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 1 South East

Pinewoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 1 South West

Center Community House
423 San Augustine Street
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 1 West

JOI Ranch
5198 FM 2026
Tenaha, Texas 75954

Precinct 2

Excelsior School
11280 Street HWY 7 West
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 3

Campti Pentecostal Church
6153 FM 414
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 4

Lydia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
14998 FM 139
Shelbyville, Texas

 

Precinct 5

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
175 Faulkville Road
Joaquin, Texas 75954

 

Precinct 6

Dreka Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall
1193 FM 2427
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

 

Precinct 7

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

 

Precinct 8

First United Methodist Church
Schiede Hall
256 N. George Bowers Drive
Tenaha, Texas 75954

 

Precinct 9 North 

Texas State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975

Precinct 9 South

Timpson School Gym Foyer
836 Bear Drive
Timpson, Texas 75975

Democrat Voting Locations:

 

Precinct 1 North

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 1 South

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935

 

Precinct 1 South East

Pineywoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 1 South West

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 1 West

Church of Christ
110 Hurst Street
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 2 

Excelsior School
11280 Street HWY 7 West
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 3

Pineywoods Family Outreach Center
255 Haley Dr.
Center, Texas 75935

Precinct 4 

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

Precinct 5

First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
175 Faulkville Road
Joaquin, Texas 75954

Precinct 6

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

Precinct 7

First Baptist Church - Shelbyville
Fellowship Hall
5030 SH 87 South
Shelbyville, Texas 75973

Precinct 8

First United Methodist Church
Schiede Hall
256 N. George Bowers Drive
Tenaha, Texas 75954

Precinct 9 North

American State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975

Precinct 9 South

American State Bank
830 North 1st Street West
Timpson, Texas 75975

 

The Light and Champion

137 San Augustine St.
Center TX 75935
936-598-3377