Early voting begins Tuesday in Denton County for the March 4 primary election.
The election has 11 contested Republican races — including county judge and district attorney seats — with more than 30 candidates for voters to choose from in the contested races.
“Just judging from the number of contested races, we’re anticipating it will be a higher turnout than our last primary,” county Elections Administrator Frank Phillips said.
Phillips said the voting equipment has been delivered to the polling locations and will be ready to go when polls open at 8 a.m.
Texas voters are now required to show photo identification to cast a ballot, he said. Acceptable identification cards include a Texas driver’s license, an election identification certificate, personal identification card, concealed handgun license, U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph, U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph or a U.S. passport.
“Early voting is a great opportunity to vote where you want to if you want, until election day, [when] you have to vote in your precinct.”
Phillips said that somewhere between 50 percent to 60 percent of voters choose the early option.
And while that number has held steady the past several years, he said he is hopeful that it will increase in the future.
“It’s just so convenient,” Phillips said.
All the contested races in Denton County this year are in the Republican primary.
They include races for county judge, district attorney, county clerk, County Criminal Court No. 3, County Criminal Court No. 5, Precinct 4 justice of the peace, Precinct 5 justice of the peace, Precinct 6 justice of the peace, Precinct 1 constable, state House District 64 and Congressional District 26.
Six Democrats have filed for office in the county but none of them are facing a primary challenger. They will face Republicans in November.
Early voting Locations
Early voting in Denton County begins Tuesday and continues through Feb. 28. Here are the times and locations. During early voting, anyone can cast a ballot at any location. On election day, voters must go to their precincts to vote.
* Feb. 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Feb. 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* Feb. 23, 1 to 6 p.m.
* Feb. 24-28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Denton: Denton County Elections Administration, 701 Kimberly Drive
Argyle: Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.
Carrollton: Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton
Cross Roads: Steve E. Copeland Government Center, 1400 FM424, Cross Roads
Dallas: Frankford Town Homes, 18110 Marsh Lane
Double Oak: Double Oak Town Hall, 320 Waketon Road
Flower Mound: Flower Mound Police and Municipal Court Building, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane
Frisco: Frisco Fire Station No. 7, 330 W. Stonebook Parkway
Highland Village: Highland Village Municipal Complex, 1000 Highland Village Road
Justin: Justin Municipal Complex, 415 N. College St.
Lake Dallas: Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St., Lake Dallas
Lewisville: Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St.
Pilot Point: Pilot Point Senior Center, 310 S. Washington St.
The Colony: The Colony Government Center, 6301 Main St.
The following early voting locations will only be open on the dates and times listed.
Corinth: Corinth City Hall, 3300 Corinth Parkway. Open Feb. 19 and Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 23, 1 to 6 p.m.; Feb. 25-28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Krum: Krum ISD Administration Building, 1200 Bobcat Blvd. Open Feb. 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 23, 1 to 6 p.m.; Feb. 24, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 26-28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sanger: First Baptist Church of Sanger, 708 S. 5th St. Open Feb. 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 24-25, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 26, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 27-28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trophy Club: Svore Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive. Open Feb. 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 24-28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.