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Early vote by Friday, Oct. 30
By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON – As early voting draws to a close Friday in the 2020 general and local elections, voters of Collingsworth County Precinct 1 will elect a new county commissioner in the race between Republican candidate Farris Nation and Democratic candidate Shelly Brim.
Early voting in commissioner’s race is taking place at the county clerk’s office on the first floor of the courthouse.
For the Wellington Independent School District board of trustees, incumbent Gene Pena faces Mark Lemons and Wade Williams for two positions. During the early voting period, ballots can be cast at the school business office, but voters will cast ballots in their precincts on Election Day.
While some citizens prefer to wait until Election Day to cast ballots, others voted during the three-week early voting time frame that ends Friday.
April Wright voted early last Thursday, Oct. 22. She said she prefers to not wait until Election Day in case something prevents her from making it to the polls to cast her ballot.
Another registered voter said she likes to wait and see what happens up until Election Day; she then will decide how to vote.
“The polls are open until 7 p.m.,” 84-year-old Winnie Black said last week during her morning shift at Market Square Supermarkets. “I get off around 2:30 p.m. so that gives me plenty of time. I’m going to wait and see if anything new develops before Nov. 3.”
Week two of local early voting numbers were down compared to the first week.
“We’ve had a total of 637 voters as of Friday, Oct. 23. There were 247 voting in person this week and 18 more mail-in ballots,” said Jackie Johnson, Collingsworth County/District Clerk, last Monday morning. “The first week we had 314 in person votes and 58 mail-in ballots for the 372 total. We plan to be busy this last week of early voting as well although the weather will keep some voters home today and tomorrow.”
Voting numbers were down as well for the WISD school board race.
“We only had 84 voters in this past week compared to 126 the first, for a total of 210,” said Dian Souder, business manager. “Hopefully voters will remember to come here, too, when they get out and vote for the presidential election.”
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, precinct polls for the presidential, congressional and other elections in addition to the local elections will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The locations are:
• Precinct 101 at Rocket House;
• Precinct 201 at Collingsworth County Courthouse;
• Precinct 202 at Dodson Town Hall;
• Precinct 301 at Calvary Baptist Church;
• Precinct 302 at Quail Booster Building;
• Precinct 401 at Bura Handley Community Building;
• Precinct 402 at Samnorwood High School.
Voters must present a photo ID to vote. For more information, contact Jackie Johnson, Collingsworth County/District Clerk at 806-447-2408 or go to the office on the first floor of the courthouse.
The WISD business office staff can be reached at 806-447-3106 or 606 15th St. All locations will continue to practice pandemic protocol to keep citizens and employees safe. Masks are encouraged but not required.