Early voting begins today for the May 10 election, which features dozens of city and school races throughout Denton County.
The nonpartisan elections include the open mayor’s race and three other council seats in Denton, a $45 million school bond election in Argyle and numerous council and trustee seats in towns and school districts throughout the area. Several cities have propositions on the ballot, seeking voter approval for everything from new or continuing sales taxes to the creation of special public improvement districts.
The Denton school district and several other districts and cities have canceled their elections, since none of their races was contested. State law allows those races to be canceled if candidates are not facing challengers.
Several bond issues on the ballot could help drive voters to the polls this year, although turnout generally is low for May elections, said Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips.
“I’m hoping this time, because there are several bond issues, that we’ll have some turnout,” Phillips said. “It does affect your pocketbook.”
Turnout for last year’s election was only 4.36 percent countywide, Phillips said.
Turnout was slightly higher in May 2012, when turnout across the county was 6.97 percent of registered voters. Voter turnout was 6.88 percent in Denton and as high as 14.53 percent in Aubrey, Phillips said.
The county office will be handling virtually all of the elections in the county, including the school district and town races.
Early voting continues through May 6. Early voting locations are scattered throughout the county, and voters can cast early ballots in any race at any early polling site.
On election day, however, voters must go to the polling site designated for their precinct.
DIANNA HUNT can be reached at 940-566-6884 and via Twitter at @DiannaHunt.