Early voting ends today

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A 'Vote' sign points past the spring flowers to the Denton County Elections Administration complex on Kimberly Drive Today is the last day for early voting in Saturday’s nonpartisan city and school elections.

Today is the last day for Denton County residents to cast early votes for their picks of mayors, council members and school trustees as well as vote on bond packages and various propositions in their cities and school districts.

Voters in Denton and a dozen other Denton County cities have at least one council seat up for grabs. Voters in Bartonville, Denton and Trophy Club have a mayor’s race, although Sanger and Pilot Point have uncontested mayoral races.

“There’s a lot of bond elections this time,” said Frank Phillips, Denton County elections administrator. “It’s a good opportunity to get out and vote on the things that will affect your taxes and pocketbook.”

As of Friday afternoon, 6,245 people had cast early ballots, compared to 4,044 people after the first five full days of voting in 2012, Phillips said.

In Denton, this year’s turnout appears to be on pace with the 2012 election, the last time the city had a mayoral race. As of Friday, 1,133 people had voted in the city’s election. At the end of the fifth day in 2012, 1,135 had cast ballots.

The May 10 elections are separate from the runoff elections coming out of the March 4 primaries. Voters will head to the polls May 27 for partisan local and state runoffs. Early voting for the primary runoffs begins May 19 with a ballot that will include incumbent District Attorney Paul Johnson facing a challenge from Karen Alexander and justice of the peace races for Precincts 4 and 5.

Polls will be open until 7 p.m. today. Voters who don’t cast early ballots may vote on Saturday, when the polls will also be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters who cast early ballots may vote at any polling location. On election day, they must vote only at the location for their precinct.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.

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