Early voting kicked off Monday, and county officials believes a local record was set.

A total of 219 voters case ballots at the Somervell County Annex on the first day of early voting, according to Elections Administrator Cathy Thomas.

"We had 100 come in by 11 a.m.," Thomas said.

With the race to the Oval Office topping the list of offices to consider, Thomas expected county residents to flock to the polls, but the was more than officials anticipated.

"That's a good number for us," she said. "I believe it's a record. We have never had that many in one day that I can find."

In addition to casting a ballot in the presidential race, local voters are being asked to weigh in on two county offices.

Voters in Precincts 3 and 6 will decide between Democrat Marty McPherson and Republican Kenneth "Woody" Wood. Voters in Precincts 3, 4 and 6 will decide between incumbent Democrat Alan Thompson and Republican challenger Craig Dodson in the race for Constable Place 2.

There are also a number of a number of state and federal offices that will appear on ballots across the county. See 'What's on the Ballot' attached.

Early voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 2.

When, where to vote

Early voting is being held in the Somervell County Annex Conference Room, adjacent to the office of County Judge Mike Ford.

To avoid a long walk through the annex, Thomas said voters should access the conference room by using the rear annex entrance at 102 N.E. Vine Street, across Vine Street from Hollywood & Vine. The closest parking areas and entrances are at 106 Elm Street, at the old post office entrance and at 102 Vine Street.

Ballots can be cast 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 - Friday, Nov. 2.

Election Day voters must vote at their designated precincts, where polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polling places are as follows:

• Pct. 1 - County Annex Conference Room

• Pct. 2 - Somervell County Citizens' Center Paluxy Room, located at 209 S.W. Barnard Street

• Pct. 3 - Community Center, located at 107 Sheppard Street

• Pct. 4 - Oakdale Park Convention Center, located at 1019 N.E. Barnard Street

• Pct. 6 - Rainbow Baptist Church, 1571 N. FM 200 in Rainbow

For individuals with disabilities or for any reason unable to make it from the parking lot to the polls, Thomas said the county will offer curbside voting.

"All they have to do is give us a call and we will have someone meet them outside the annex or send someone inside to inform us and we will bring their ballot to them," she said.

For more information, contact Thomas at (254) 897-9470.