Voters are heading to the polls today to make their choices for several county offices, as well as in state and federal races.

Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. A sample ballot of contested races and a list of polling places are included in today’s editions of the Herald-Banner.

With luck, Hunt County can break a trend which has seen the outcomes of the past three general elections not posted until early the following morning.

A lighter turnout is expected than the record numbers of Hunt County voters in 2004 and the addition of electronic balloting could mean the unofficial returns are available by late this evening.

Voters in each polling place will be able to use either traditional paper ballots or the eSlate electronic voting machines.

Voters using the eSlate machines turn a rotary dial to highlight the candidate on a video screen, then push a button to vote. Those voters using paper ballots do not drop them into a ballot box. Instead, the completed ballots will be fed into a machine which will keep a running tally.

— The contest for U.S. House of Representatives for District 4 pits Republican incumbent Ralph Hall of Rockwall against Democrat Glenn Melancon of Sherman and Libertarian Kurt G. Helm of Princeton.

— The race for State Representative District 2, which includes Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt counties, has Republican incumbent Dan Flynn of Van facing Democrat Scott Cornuaud of Quinlan and Libertarian Dawn M. Childs of Wills Point.

— Incumbent State Senator for District 2, Republican Bob Deuell of Greenville, is seeking re-election and is facing Libertarian Dennis Kaptain of Mesquite.

Senate District 2 includes Hunt, Delta, Hopkins, Rockwall, Kaufman, Fannin, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, plus parts of Dallas and Smith counties.

— Voters will be choosing the Judge of the County Court-at-Law between incumbent Democrat Steve Shipp and Republican Andy Bench.

— The race for Precinct 2 Hunt County Commissioner is between the incumbent Republican Ralph Green and Democrat Jim Johnson.

— Incumbent Democrat Jim Latham is seeking re-election to the office of Precinct 4 County Commissioner and is facing Republican Mark Sullivan.

— James E. “Sarge” Erwin, the Democrat incumbent in the office of Justice of the Peace for Precinct No. 1, Place 2 is facing Republican Jeff Guyton.

— Two candidates are seeking their first terms in the office for Justice of the Peace for Precinct No. 3, Republican Aaron Williams and Democrat Jason “Jake” Caldwell.

— Around a dozen people between Royse City and Quinlan are deciding the fate of more than $190 million in bonds in two special elections.

The bonds for two municipal utility districts, if approved by voters, would pay for water, sewer and road improvements in the Sunrise and Union Valley Ranch Municipal Utility Districts near Quinlan.

Voting for the Sunrise Municipal Utility District (MUD) will take place at the Trestle Board Lodge, 402 Richmond Avenue in Quinlan. Voting for the Union Valley MUD is scheduled at the Union Valley Fire Station, 7965 Farm-To-Market Road 1565 in Royse City.

Only those registered voters who live within the boundaries of the proposed districts will be allowed to cast ballots for the elections.