A fraction of registered voters have made their way to the polls in this year’s local elections during the Early Voting period.
Now, voters have one last opportunity to cast their ballots - this Saturday, May 10, on Election Day.
The Early Voting period began on Monday, April 28, and according to officials among the three jurisdictions holding elections this spring, turnout is light compared to the total number of registered voters on the rolls.
At Glen Rose Town Hall, the Early Voting polling location for this year’s city council election, City Clerk Mygnonne Thomas said a total of 38 voters had cast their votes by the time polls closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Thomas reported that the city of Glen Rose has a total of 1,602 registered voters within the city limits - a turnout of just 2 percent of all eligible voters during the Early Voting period.
In the Glen Rose ISD school board race, Judy Shipman, the district’s elections administrator, reported that just 2.5 percent, or 143 eligible voters, had shown up from April 28 through Tuesday, May 6. The local school district has a total of 5,598 registered voters residing within its boundaries.
With a $40 million bond and board of directors’ election, the Somervell County Water District’s Kathy Brown said 83 voters had cast their ballots by the time polls closed at the end of the Early Voting period.
The SCWD official reported that the water district has 5,699 registered voters within its boundaries, resulting in a low turnout of approximately 1.5 percent of eligible voters.
Where to Vote
On Election Day the city of Glen Rose and Glen Rose ISD will combine polling locations to hold a joint election this Saturday at Glen Rose Town Hall, 201 N.E. Vernon St.
There, voters will cast ballots for both Glen Rose city council and GRISD school board candidates.
On Election Day polls will be open for 12 hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters are required to bring either their voter registration card or a government-approved photo identification card to present to an election judge before casting a ballot.
The Somervell County Water District is holding their election at a separate location this Saturday, as they have done during the Early Voting period. Voters are directed to their offices located at 2521 CR 301 in Glen Rose.
Registered voters may cast their ballots in the SCWD bond and board of director’s election this Saturday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Glen Rose City Council
Seven candidates are vying for three city council seats, including four write-ins, two incumbents and a political newcomer.
Among the field of council hopefuls are write-in candidates Jennifer Miller, Dennis Moore, Barbara Mitchell and Kimberly Cecil - all political newcomers.
The names of the write-in candidates will not appear on the ballots. Instead, three lines will be provided on the paper ballot allowing voters to inscribe the names of those candidates they would like to cast their vote for. A list of write-in candidates will be posted in the polling location as well as in each voting booth.
Appearing on the ballot are incumbents Dr. Rocky Terry and Ricky Villa, as well as local political newcomer Dianne Gruber.
GRISD School Board
A total of six candidates have come forward to vie for a seat on the GRISD board of trustees. Voters residing within the school district will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for three candidates to fill the seats on the board of trustees. Of the six school board hopefuls, three are incumbents seeking re-election.
Candidates for school board include: Dr. Mike Davis, Lewis Keese, Marilyn Phillips, Kari Quinlan, Kelley Snodgrass and Andy Snow.
Somervell Co. Water District
The Somervell County Water District (SCWD) has four candidates vying for four available seats on their board of directors, as well as a $40-million bond proposal. Voters will be asked to simply state their support “for” or “against” the bond package to fund a treatment plant and to expand their distribution system.
Along with the proposition, the names of four candidates will appear on the SCWD ballots. Of the four seats available, representing Places 1, 3, 4 and 7, three incumbents have filed for candidacy, including James E. Teague (Place 1), Margaret Drake (Place 3) and Lee Magee (Place 4).
Place 7 board member Tod Sandlin is not seeking re-election, but Nemo Britton has filed to replace the incumbent.