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Early voting off to promising start

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By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer

Ballots cast on first two days up from 2011

As the third day of early voting in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election arrives, Denton County numbers have started out fairly positive at the polls.

Elections Administrator Frank Phillips reported that 695 ballots were cast Monday and 742 on Tuesday. The turnout both days reflects an increase over the 2011 constitutional amendment election, officials said. Day one of early voting in 2011 saw 202 voters and day two saw 256.

“If the trend continues, we will see a much higher percentage of voters than we did in the 2011 constitutional amendment election,” Phillips said. “While the relative numbers are still low, I am encouraged to see that the early turnout is much higher than in the past.”

Other than the constitutional amendments, 11 jurisdictions have some kind of measure on the ballot, including the Denton school district bond election, Lewisville’s local-option election for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption and Carrollton’s bond election.

The city of Krum will try for a second time to get bonds passed to allow for the construction of a new fire station and a public works building. In May, the bonds didn’t receive enough votes to be approved, and the City Council agreed to try again.

Flower Mound has a $16 million bond item before voters. If passed, the proposition would create a River Walk Public Improvement District, and the bond will be used to pay for the district’s improvements.

Bartonville seeks to fill two Town Council positions in November. Two residents have applied for each spot: Randy Van Alstine and Jeff Traylor are seeking Place 1, while Richard Yerxa and Gary A. Marco filed for Place 4.

Hickory Creek has two items on the ballot. If approved, Proposition 1 would legalize the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants. The second item, if approved, would reauthorize the town’s local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of 1 percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of streets.

Additionally, Phillips noted that this is the first election under the state’s new photo identification law.

“I am happy to report no issues have arisen. The feedback from voters has been very positive in regards to having to show photo ID,” Phillips said.

Early voting continues today and ends Nov. 1. During this period, Denton County voters can cast ballots at any county polling place of their choosing.

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



During early voting, Denton County voters can cast their ballots at any polling location. The following locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday and Monday through Oct. 30; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Denton County Elections Administration, 701 Kimberly Drive off Loop 288

Bartonville Town Hall, 1941 E. Jeter Road

Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane

Copeland Government Building, 1400 FM424, Cross Roads

First Baptist Church of Sanger, 708 S. Fifth St.

Flower Mound Police and Municipal Court Building, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane

Frisco Fire Station No. 6, 3535 Eldorado Parkway

Hickory Creek Town Hall, 1075 Ronald Reagan Ave.

Justin Municipal Complex, 415 N. College St.

Krum ISD Administration Building, 1200 Bobcat Blvd.

Lewisville Muncipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St.

Pilot Point ISD Administration Building, 829 S. Harrison St.

Trophy Club Svore Muncipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive

The Colony Government Center, 6301 Main St.

The following locations will only be open during the dates and times listed:

4 to 8 p.m. today: Navo Middle School, 1701 Navo Road, Aubrey

4 to 8 p.m. Friday: Harpool Middle School, 9601 Stacee Road, Argyle

For more information: Call the Denton County Elections Office at 940-349-3200 or visit