Early voting off to a good start
The first day of early voting for the November 2014 General Election seems to have gotten off to a respectable start. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Monday was the first day of early voting. Results from the Orange County Elections Administration office were as follows:
Orange- 236 votes cast
Bridge City- 289 votes cast
Vidor- 253 votes cast
Mauriceville- 89 votes cast
Mail- 819 votes cast
Out of Country- 4 votes cast
Total- 1,690 votes cast
Early voting locations are:
West Orange-Cove CISD old administration building, 505 N. 15th St. in Orange on Monday, Oct. 20 through Friday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.;Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Mauriceville, 11540 Highway 12, Monday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bridge City Public Works Building, 220 Nitsche, Monday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne in Vidor, Monday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Some of the recognizable names at the top of the ballot among various other statewide races are Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis for governor.
The lieutenant governor’s race has Republican Dan Patrick against Democrat Letica Van de Putte; Republican incumbent John Cornyn against Democratic challenger David Alameel.
There is also a constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway and to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.
Locally, races that are challenged are Republican Brian Babin, a Woodville dentist against Democrat Michael Cole, an educator with the Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD for U.S. Congress, District 36.
Republican Dade Phelan, a broker from Beaumont against Democrat Gavin Bruney, a Nederland anesthesiologist, for State Representative, District 21; Republican incumbent David Bradley, a real estate and insurance agent from Buna against Democrat Kathy King, an occupational therapy assistant from Port Neches, State Board of Education, District 7.
Republican incumbent David Peck is facing Democratic challenger, attorney Gail Shaw Barnett for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1.
Precinct 2 has a wet/dry election on the ballot. The wording reads as the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.
Democratic incumbent Janice Menard is facing Republican attorney Joy Dubose-Simonton for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3.
Bridge City ISD has a proposition on the ballot for the issuance of not to exceed $25,000,000 in school building funds for the purposes of the construction, acquisition and equipment of school buildings in the district (including the rehabilitation, renovation, expansion and improvement thereof), the purchase of necessary sites for school buildings and the purchase of new school buses, with priority given to the construction of a student academic and performance complex, renovations to the district baseball/softball complex, and additional parking and facilities improvements, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.
Likewise, the proposition for the Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1 is the adoption of a local sales and use tax in the unincorporated areas of OCESD No. 1 at the rate of 1.50 percent.
Photo above: A voter leaves the Gould Community Center in Vidor- one of four early voting sites in Orange County. There were 1,690 votes cast on Monday, the first day of early voting for the 2014 General Election on November 4.