Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 23, 2012

Early voting brisk so far in Navarro County

Race for president beckons residents to polls

By Raymond Linex II
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — More than 2,000 votes have been cast in early voting in Navarro County, Elections Administrator Danda Parker said Tuesday.

“It’s been more than normal,” Parker said just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. “The presidential elections bring (the voters) out.”

Early voting started at 8 a.m. Monday, and will continue through Nov. 2. Navarro County residents can even vote at special times Saturday (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.) this weekend.

All early voting will take place at the Navarro County courthouse. Ballots by mail requests are due by Oct. 30.

Election day at the polls is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

More than 700 mail ballots had already been received by early afternoon Tuesday, Parker said. Another 766 made the trip to the courthouse to vote Monday.

The number mid-day Tuesday was 539 ... and counting.

“In 2008, we had more than 8,000 vote early,” Parker said.

That year, of course, President Barack Obama (D) defeated John McCain (R), garnering 365 — or 68 percent — of the nation’s electoral vote. McCain won Texas, and had 10,810 votes (66.2%) in Navarro County. Obama had 5,400.

This year’s race may be closer nationally than it was in 2008, based on current polls.

In Navarro County, Parker said the first day is always busy in early voting. It could level out, before picking up at the end.

“The last two days are really busy,” Parker said. “Right now, it’s just steady.”

Steady, but not burdensome.

The set-up in the basement of the courthouse includes two check-in tables and 10 voting machines.

“It’s a lot faster than the general election day,” Parker said.


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Early voting

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday through Nov. 2, Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28

Where: Basement of the Navarro County courthouse

By mail: Deadline is Oct. 30

For more information: (903) 875-3330