|Almost 3,000 ballots cast in early voting|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 4, 2006 - Voters have turned out in force over the last two weeks to cast early ballots in the November general elections.
Overall, County Clerk Debbie Shirley's office reported that of the 21,717 registered Hopkins County voters, 2,946 voted early or had indicated their intent to vote by requesting a ballot be mailed the them.
The 2,946 total represents the number of people who voted in person at the College Street courthouse facility, as well as ballots mailed locally and to service personnel.
Shirley's office has yet to receive 90 of the 332 ballots mailed locally or to service personnel.
According to election officials, Friday was a busy day, with a steady stream of voters taking advantage of their last chance to vote early. By the end of business Friday afternoon, 374 people made the trip to the College Street facility to make their vote count.
In the last non-presidential election year, there were 1,792 ballots cast in person during the early voting period.
The large number of contested local races is likely the major reason early voting has been heavy this year.
Contested races include the run for Hopkins County judge between incumbent Democrat Cletis Millsap and Republican challenger Jason Cunningham; incumbent Hopkins County Court-at-Law Judge Amy McCorkle Smith and Republican Party challenger Eddie Northcutt; Democrat Treva Watson and Republican Cheryl Fulcher for Hopkins County Treasurer; incumbent District 3 State Rep. Mark Homer, D-Paris, and Republican challenger Kirby Hollingsworth of Mount Vernon.
Voters have one more opportunity to cast ballots for their choice of local and state leaders on Tuesday, Nov. 7, during the general election. Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.
County polling places by precinct designation for Tuesday's election are as follows:
1 - Lutheran Church, 1000 Texas St., Sulphur Springs
1A - City Hall, 125 S. Davis St., Sulphur Springs
2 - VFW Hall-Women's building, 1103 Whitworth St., Sulphur Springs
2A - Senior Citizens Building, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Sulphur Springs
3 - New Beginnings Church, 155 North Jackson St., Sulphur Springs
3A - Miracle Revival Church, 1318 North Jackson St., Sulphur Springs
4 - Fellowship Christian Church, 207 North Davis St., Sulphur Springs
4A - League Street Church of Christ, 1100 South League St., Sulphur Springs
5 - Saltillo Community Center, FM 900, Saltillo; 8 - Reilly Springs Community Center, 503 County Road 2439, Sulphur Springs
11 - Cumby Community Center and Fire Station, 101 Main St., Cumby
12 - Sulphur Bluff Community Center, 60 FM 71, Sulphur Bluff
13 - Como Community Center, downtown Como
14 - Pickton Community Center, 521 County Road 417, Pickton
16 - Miller Grove Community Center, 658 FM 275, Cumby
17 - North Hopkins School, 1994 FM 71 west, Sulphur Springs
20 - Ridgeway County Barn, State Highway 11 west, Sulphur Springs
23 - Weaver Baptist Church, 782 County Road 531, Saltillo
24 - Dike Community Center, 674 FM 69 south, Dike
25 - Brashear Community Center, 160 FM 2653, Brashear
36 - Arbala Community Center, 550 FM 567, Yantis
The county clerk reminds that her office will be closed on Tuesday for all� except election business. Those needing to take care of business through the county clerks office by Tuesday, are reminded to do so by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6.