Early voting begins in Denton County today as voters begin casting ballots in a number of important national and local races.
Election officials and party leaders are expecting a busy early voting turnout spearheaded by the presidential election.
“We look back on 2008 — our last presidential — looks like two-thirds of the voters voted early,” said Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips. “We’re encouraging the people to vote early to help alleviate any long lines on Election Day.”
The crew of poll workers is ready to go, Phillips said.
“Fortunately we utilize the same crews during early voting each time. We have the same people working for years. A lot of them have been here a lot longer than me. We have a lot of confidence in our early voting crew.”
The ballot includes the U.S. House District 26 seat, where incumbent Michael Burgess is facing challenges from Democrat David Sanchez and Libertarian Mark Boler; an open county tax assessor/collector seat; District 64 state Rep. Myra Crownover’s bid for re-election against Democrat Mary Brown and Libertarian Ian Kull; and the brand- new state House District 106 seat.
In Denton, voters will decide whether to approve a $20.4 million bond to reconstruct city streets. The city conducted an inventory in 2010 of its 680-mile network of streets and determined that more than 900 needed reconstruction. The bond package will provide funds for some of those streets to be rebuilt, with $20 million going to streets and $400,000 going to a public art project associated with the Interstate 35E expansion.
Additional bond elections planned for 2014 or 2015 will continue the reconstruction bond package, officials have said.
City leaders also have said that no property tax rate increase is planned to cover repayment of the bonds.
Denton County Democratic Party chairwoman Phyllis Wolper said she is seeing more interest this year than the 2008 presidential election.
“Registration numbers are significantly higher than the last two election cycles, and the amount of participation and get-out-the-vote efforts have increased.”
Dianne Edmondson, the county’s Republican Party chairwoman, said Republicans are seeing a lot of excitement and intensity for this election.
“We can’t keep Romney/Ryan signs in our office,” she said.
And, of course, party officials are encouraging support for local and state representatives, she added.
“We are encouraging people to vote early and vote straight Republican,” Edmondson said.
Staff writer Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe contributed to this report.
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EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS
Early voting begins today at the following locations. Except where noted, voting is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Denton County voters can cast their ballots at any of the following locations:
• Copeland Government Center, 1400 FM424 in Cross Roads
• Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St.
• Frankford Town Homes, 18110 Marsh Lane in Dallas
• Joseph A. Carroll Administration Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton
• Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane
• Justin Municipal Building, 415 N. College St.
• Highland Village Municipal Complex, 1000 Highland Village Road
• Flower Mound Police and Court Building, 4150 Kirkpatrick St.
• Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St.
• Frisco Fire Station No. 7, 330 W. Stonebrook Parkway
• Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.
• Denton County Administrative Complex, 535 S. Loop 288 in Denton
• First Baptist Church of Sanger, 708 S. 5th St. (closed Sunday; closing at 5 p.m. Oct. 31)
• First Baptist Church of Roanoke, 209 N. Pine St. (closed Sunday; closing at 5 p.m. Oct. 31)
• Christ Community Church, 6404 Paige Road in The Colony (closed Sunday; closing at 5 p.m. Oct. 31)
• Corinth City Hall, 3300 Corinth Parkway (closed Wednesday; closing at 5 p.m. Nov. 1)
• Svore Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive in Trophy Club (closed Sunday)