Early voting for the Nov. 4 General Election is underway today and will continue until Friday, Oct. 31. In Shelby County, all county, city of Center and Center ISD elections vote early at the county clerk’s office on the Center square. Today and next Monday, Oct. 27, there are extended voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Early voting in Shelby County will also be available Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m.
Early voting for all elections in San Augustine County is taking place at Election Administrator Deborah Woods' office in the El Camino Justice Center and at the Broaddus Community Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the elections office, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Broaddus. Extended hours will be Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations.
Remember, you must have a valid photo ID in order to vote in person. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) is Friday, Oct. 24.
Shelby County Elections:
For State Senator Dist. 3, incumbent Republican Robert Nichols and Libertarian challenger, J. Tyler Lindsey; and for 273rd District Judge, Democrat incumbent Charles R. Mitchell is challenged by Republican Louie Des Champs. In the County Commissioner Pct. 2 race, Republican Tim Runnels and Democrat incumbent Jimmy Lout; for Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Republican Melissa Crouch and Democrat incumbent Maxie Eaves; JP Pct. 2, Republican Marla Denby and Democrat Jerry Powell; and for JP Pct. 5, Republican Mike Crouch and Democrat incumbent Jim Powers. There is also a write-in candidate for JP Pct. 5, Lee McIntyre. In the Center ISD Board of Trustee election, four incumbents are up for re-election, they are Dr. Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Jim Sawyer and Deborah Chadwick, and they're challenged by James Greer, Daphne LaRock, Traci Willoughby and John Henry Holloway. The City of Center has one council race contested, District 2 as incumbent Jerry Lathan is challenged by Jud Matthews.
San Augustine County Elections:
For State Senator Dist. 3, incumbent Republican Robert Nichols and Libertarian challenger, J. Tyler Lindsey; for 273rd District Judge, Democrat incumbent Charles R. Mitchell is challenged by Republican Louie Des Champs; and in the San Augustine County Judges' race, incumbent Democrat Samye Malone Johnson and Republican Randy Williams. There are four positions on the San Augustine ISD Board up for election, as Trustee Post. 3 includes Patricia McClure and incumbent Ryan Garcia; Trustee Post. 4 has incumbent Edwin Henley, Henry Lee Garner and David Garner; Trustee Post. 5 sees incumbent Orvin Garrett, challenged by Loretta Bedford and Dennis Barnes; and in Trustee Post. 6 race, its Steven Standley and incumbent Charles Boyette. All 5 city of San Augustine alderman spots are on the ballot, as #1 has Alanna Borders and incumbent Valencia Price; #2 pits Jim Blackwell and incumbent Pamela Nickleberry Teel; #3 with incumbent Mike Malone and Stacy "Jack" Watts; #4 has Rodney "Rod" Litton and incumbent Joe Verhalen; and Alderman #5, incumbent Claudia Cabriales, Dan Fussell and Dr. John Alexander.