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Early Voting for primary runoff election begins today

Early Voting for primary runoff election begins today
May 14
13:30 2018

Early Voting in the runoff for the Republican and Democratic Primary Elections began Monday, May 14, and will continue through Friday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Stephens County Courthouse, 200 W. Walker St. Election Day will be Tuesday, May 22, at each precinct’s voting location.

Election Judge Beth Calvert said that by 8:30 a.m. Monday, 25 voters had cast their ballots.

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, in the Justice of the Peace race, Steve Spoon received 607 votes and Leslie Blackerby received 495 votes, with neither garnering more than 50 percent of the total votes. To read more about each of those candidates, click here for the Breckenridge Texan Candidate Profiles.

Those two races are the only ones on the local Republican Primary Runoff ballot; there are no state-wide offices in the runoff. On the Democratic Primary Runoff ballot, the only office in a runoff is for the Democratic nominee for governor. The two candidates vying for that office are Lupe Valdez and Andrew White.

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.

Cutline, top photo: Election Judge Beth Calvert waits to check in voters during early voting for the primary runoff election Monday morning. Early voting will be going on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. Calvert said that by 8:30 a.m. Monday, 25 voters had already cast their ballots. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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BRUSH PICKUP The City of Breckenridge and Stephens County will be picking up brush with a woodchipper inside the corporate limits of Breckenridge the week of Oct. 18. Residents need to have brush that they would like chipped and hauled off at curbside by Friday, Oct. 15. For questions about the disposal, please call the City Offices at (254)559-8287.

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT The Breckenridge Lions Club will host its second annual Scholarship Cornhole Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Trade Barn in the Breckenridge City Park. For more information click here.

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT The Breckenridge Police Department will host a local National Night Out event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Law Enforcement Center, 210 E. Dyer St. National Night Out is an annual, national event that focuses on growing the partnership between law enforcement and the community in the fight against crime.

MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE The annual Sloan Everett Pure Country Pedal Memorial Bike Ride is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Breckenridge City Park. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will feature five routes. For more information, visit the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce’s website.

COMMUNITY-WIDE SIDEWALK AND GARAGE SALE The Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce is looking for garage sales and sidewalk sales to add to its list for the annual event on Saturday, Oct. 9. For more information, call 254-559-2301.

CREATION VS EVOLUTION PRESENTATION International speaker and author Jay Seegert will give a presentation, Creation vs Evolution, at the National Theatre, sponsored by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the National Theater at 116 E. Walker St.

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