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April 30, 2013

Early voting off to fast start

GREENVILLE — The items on the ballots in Greenville apparently were the biggest draw for Monday’s first day of early voting for the May 11 elections.

Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said 119 people voted Monday in the City of Greenville municipal and special elections, with 22 people voting in the other elections across the county which are being conducted through Cook’s office.

Voters will have more time to cast early ballots today, during the first of two days of extended early voting hours for the election.

Voters in Greenville are casting votes for the Place 1 City Council race between incumbent Council member Dan Perkins and Tyson Cox,  whether to approve $12.6 million in bonds to pay for the reconstruction of nine local streets, whether to approve $15 million in bonds for a new YMCA/event center for Greenville and the fate of 30 proposed amendments to the City of Greenville Charter.

City Council races are also being held in the cities of Celeste, Lone Oak, Quinlan, Union Valley, and Wolfe City. School board races are being conducted for the Caddo Mills, Campbell, Commerce and Lone Oak school districts.

Residents of the City of Campbell are deciding whether to use a portion of the sales tax revenue collected by the city to fix local streets, while a separate item on the ballot asks voters if they are in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in local stores.

Early voting for the May 11 election continues through May 7, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Hunt County Voter Administration Office, 2217A Washington Street in Greenville. Extended early voting for the election is scheduled between 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. today and Thursday.

Early voting for the Commerce Independent School District election will be at Commerce City Hall, 1119 Alamo in Commerce, between 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. May 6 and May 7.

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