Early voting ends Friday in May 24 runoff

Early voting in the Republican and Democratic primary runoff elections began Monday with a flood of over 100 voters eager to cast ballots in the GOP primary runoff. It was the biggest single-day turnout Hemphill County-District Clerk Lisa Johnson had ever seen. By Wednesday afternoon, the ballot count had risen to 245—two of those ballots cast in the Democratic primary runoff—a good sign that this runoff has sparked voter interest.

Early voting ends tomorrow, Friday, May 20. Polling places will be open from 7 am to 7 pm on election day, next Tuesday, May 24. Republican runoff voters may cast ballots in the following locations: Pct. 101, Hemphill County Courthouse; Pct. 201, Canadian Fire Station; Pct. 301, Baker Elementary School, Pcts. 302 and 303, Gem Community Building; Pct 401, Canadian High School. In the Democratic runoff election, all precinct polling places will be located at Hemphill County Courthouse.

Voters in the Republican runoff will determine the party’s nominee for Hemphill County Sheriff, choosing between incumbent Sheriff James Pearson and his challenger, Nathan Lewis. Republican runoff voters in Precinct 3 will also nominate the party’s candidate for County Commissioner. John Sam Krehbiel and Curt McPherson are both running for the post being vacated by Mark Meek.

Those who voted in the Democratic primary are ineligible to vote in the Republican primary run-off, as those who voted in the Republican primary are also ineligible to vote in the Democratic runoff. Anyone who did not cast a ballot in either primary on may choose to vote in either runoff election.

In addition to those two local races, Hemphill County voters will also find a handful of statewide races on their ballots. On the Republican ballot, there are runoff races for Railroad Commissioner (Wayne Christian and Gary Gates), and for Criminal Appeals Court Judges for Place 2 (Ray Wheless and Mary Lou Keel) and Place 5 (Scott Walker and Brent Webster). There is only one statewide race in the Democratic runoff—between Railroad Commissioner candidates Cody Garrett and Grady Yarbrough—and it is the only race on the May 24 ballot for local Democrats.


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