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Al Key

Early voting for June 10 runoff elections begins today

Early voting starts Tuesday for five June 10 runoff elections throughout Denton County.

Through June 6, six polling locations are open for an estimated 111,800 eligible Denton County voters to cast ballots in runoff city council races in Denton, Frisco, Lewisville and Plano. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 5 and 6.

The lone early voting location in Denton is the Denton County Elections Administration Building, 701 Kimberly Drive. Other polling locations include Frisco fire stations No. 4 and 7, the Lewisville Municipal Annex, Griffin Middle School in Frisco and Parr Library in Plano. Voters can cast ballots at any of the open polling locations during the early voting period but must vote at their designated polling location June 10.

Voter turnout for runoff elections is generally similar to local elections in May, which usually garner fewer than a 10 percent voter turnout, according to Frank Phillips, Denton County elections administrator. Of the more than 450,000 eligible voters in Denton County, 9.6 percent voted in local elections earlier this month.

"They're usually pretty low unfortunately," Phillips said of voter turnouts in runoff elections. "We always hope there's a heavy and brisk turnout because these local elections are very important."

More than 19,000 Denton voters will have an opportunity to cast ballots in the District 3 City Council race over the next week and a half.

Real estate agent Don Duff and Paul Meltzer, a retired business executive, are vying for a council seat representing voters in west Denton neighborhoods. The two candidates went up against Jason Cole in the May 6 election, and neither Duff nor Meltzer garnered the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win outright. Only 139 votes separated Duff and Meltzer. Cole, who finished third in the race, has since endorsed Duff.

The victor in the District 3 election on June 10 will succeed Kathleen Wazny, who called it quits after one term.

As of Friday, the county elections office had received 773 applications for mail-in ballots. Of the applications processed, 598 were from voters in the city of Denton. That's nearly three times the number of Denton residents in District 3 voting by mail during the May 6  election.

According to Kerry Martin, deputy elections administrator, countywide more than 740 requested the mail-in ballot application because the applicant was age 65 or older, an eligibility requirement for voting by mail.

Voters wanting to request a mail-in ballot have until Tuesday to do so.

On election day June 10, Denton voters will cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive.

For more voter details, including how to apply for a mail-in ballot, visit www.votedenton.com.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.