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Voter registration deadline is today for primary runoff

Voter registration deadline is today for primary runoff
April 23
12:29 2018

For Stephens County citizens who want to vote in the upcoming Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to be registered to vote is today, April 23.

Locally, the Republican Primary Runoff Election will include two offices, County Commissioner Precinct 4 and Justice of the Peace. Eric O’Dell and Jamie Whitley, who garnered 168 and 140 votes, respectively, in March’s Republican Primary Election, are vying for the county commissioner position. In March, Steve Spoon received 607 votes and Leslie Blackerby received 495 votes, with neither garnering more than 50 percent of the total votes.

To register to vote, fill out an application at the Stephens County Voter Registrar’s Office, which is also the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office in the courthouse. You can also find an application online to fill out and mail in; it must be postmarked by today, Monday, April 23. Links to the application, as well as to a page that helps you figure out if you’re already registered to vote, can be found on the State of Texas’ website www.votetexas.gov.

The run-off election for the Republican Primary will be May 22, and Early Voting will be May 14-18.

Because the election is a primary runoff, there are some rules that need to be followed, in addition to the regular Texas election rules. If you voted in a party primary, you’re eligible to vote in that primary’s runoff.

However, the Texas Election Code states that if you have been affiliated with a particular party during the same voting year — by either participating in a party’s primary or convention — you are eligible to vote in only in that same party’s primary runoff election. For example, a voter who participated in the Democratic primary can only vote in the Democratic primary runoff and is not eligible to vote in the Republican primary runoff.

A voter who is not affiliated with either party – by voting in the primary or participating in one of the conventions – may vote in either party’s primary runoff.

Please note that this article is in reference to the State and County Primary Runoff Election. Information about the current City of Breckenridge Election is available by clicking here for the Breckenridge Texan article on that race.

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