With mid-term election campaigning showing little sign of slowing, early voting places are now open across Texas and in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County 796 voted in person and six limited ballots were cast at the Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Courtroom Monday. The courtroom serves as the early voting place for the county and Monday was the first day to vote.
Early voting continues through November 2nd from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday with the exception of Tuesday, October 30th and Thursday, November 1st when early ballots may be cast from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Early voting will also be available Saturday, October 27th from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 28th from noon until 5 p.m.
Senior citizen voters who applied may also mail in their ballot.
This year the U S Senate race between incumbent Republican Rafael “Ted” Cruz and Democrat challenger Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has drawn national attention thanks to O’Rourke’s fund raising ability. Much of his $38-million raised has been spent in television advertising and signage. In Hopkins County only the County Clerk position is contested. Within the District 2 state house race and the state senate race, the issue of education is driving campaigns for Democratic challengers Bill Brannon, who is challenging Dan Flynn for state representative, and Kendall Scudder, who is challenging Bob Hall for the state senate seat. Issues surrounding education are also primary factors in the race for Lt. Governor.