SOS: Voter Turnout Below 5% In Hopkins, Wood Counties; Below 10% In Franklin County As Of Sunday
Early voting in the Sulphur Springs ISD bond election, Winnsboro ISD trustees election and Texas Constitutional Amendments elections ends Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
In Hopkins County early voting by personal appearance will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3, in the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Courtroom, located inside the Hopkins County Annex Building at 128 G Jefferson Street.
At the close of the polling center Sunday, May 1, 2022, only 3.6% of Hopkins County’s 24,492 registered voters had cast ballots in the May 7 elections. Of the 811 votes cast in Hopkins County through Sunday evening, 743 were cast in-person (3.03%) and the remaining 138 were mail votes, according to data reported to Texas Secretary of State’s Office by Hopkins County voting officials.
Hopkins County is also one of three counties Winnsboro ISD has contracted with to hold a board of trustees election. Voters will be asked to select up to two candidates for full three year terms on the Winnsboro ISD Board of Trustees, and should vote in the county in which they reside.
Early voting by personal appearance in the Winnsboro ISD trustees election in Hopkins County continues Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3, in the JP2 Courtroom in the Annex Building along. Early voting in Franklin County will continue at the Franklin County Annex Building, 502 East Main Street in Mount Vernon from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2-3, 2022. In Wood County, early voting by personal appearance in the Winnsboro ISD trustees election will continue at Wood County Annex Building, 200 West Bermuda Street in Quitman, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3, 2022.
According to data reported by Franklin County election officials to Texas Secretary of State’s office, 7.78% of Franklin County’s registered voters (553 total) had cast ballots as of May 1, 2022. Of the 7,104 registered voters in Franklin County, 497 had cast ballots in-person (7%) and 56 were mail votes.
In Wood County, 3.32% of the 32,129 registered voters had cast ballots as of May 1, 2022. Of the 1,067 who had voted as of Sunday, 785 were in-person voters and 282 were mail voters, according to data reported to Texas Secretary of State’s Office by Wood County election officials.
Election Day Voting
Voting on Election Day in Hopkins County has been consolidated to 6 boxes:
- Sulphur Springs Middle School cafeteria, 835 Wildcat Way, Sulphur Springs.
- Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Courtroom, 128 G Jefferson St., Sulphur Springs.
- First Floor Courtroom, Hopkins County Courthouse, 118 Church St., Sulphur Springs.
- West Hall, Hopkins County Civic Center, 1200 Houston St., Sulphur Springs.
- Cumby Meeting Room, Cumby Municipal Building, 100 East Main Street, Cumby.
- Art Room, Como-Pickton CISD, 13017 Texas Highway 11 East, Como.
For more information, contact Hopkins County Clerk Tracy Smith at 903-438-4036, [email protected], or go online to http://hopkinsocuntytx.org/page/hopkins.Elections (also can be found by clicking the Voter Information link on Hopkins County‘s main page)
Voting on Election in Franklin County on Election Day, May 7, 2022, will be conducted at:
- Franklin County Building, 1013 North Main St. in Winnsboro;
- Franklin County Commissioner Precinct 3 Building, 513 Highway 900 West in Mount Vernon; and
- South Franklin Community Center, 3150 FM 1448 in Scroggins.
For additional voting information, contact Franklin County Election Coordinator Betty Crane at 903-537-8357 or [email protected], or go online to https://www.co.franklin.tx.us/page/franklin.Election.
Election Day voting in Wood County will be conducted at:
- Winnsboro City Auditorium, 515 to Wheeler Drive in Winnsboro;
- Carroll Green Civic Center, 602 McAllister Street in Quitman; and
- Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department, 126 Private Road 7869 in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas.
For additional Wood County voting information, call Laura Wise, Wood County early voting clerk, at 903-763-2400, send her an email at [email protected], or go online to https://elections.mywoodcounty.com.
Constitutional Amendment Propositions
All registered Texans will have the option to vote on two propositions which would amend the Texas Constitution.
- State of Texas Proposition 1 asks Texans to vote for against:
- “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the reduction of the amount of a limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for general elementary and secondary public school purposes on the residence homestead of a person who is elderly or disabled to reflect any statutory reduction from the preceding tax year in the maximum compressed rate of the maintenance and operations taxes imposed for those purposes on the homestead.”
- State of Texas Proposition 2 asks Texans to vote for or against:
- “The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.”
Sulphur Springs ISD Election
The Sulphur Springs ISD Election asks voters to cast ballots either for or against Proposition A, which would allow the district to issue $93 million in bonds for school facilities and school buses, with the funds to be repaid through a property tax increase, estimated to be 8.5-cents. Only registered voters who live within SSISD’s boundary will vote in this election.
Additional information about the SSISD Bond Proposal can be found at www.sulphurspringsisdbond.com or by clicking here. To view KSST’s video of the two town hall meetings held regarding the bond or a video of a Lunch and Learn presentation about the May 7 $93 million bond proposal, click t he appropriate link below:
March 31 Town Hall Meeting
April 18 Town Hall Meeting
April 20 Lunch & Learn Meeting
Winnsboro ISD Trustees Election
Voters in Winnsboro will be asked to vote for up to two of the eight candidates to fill two full three-year term seats on the Winnsboro ISD Board of Trustees. Candidates for school board include:
- Richard Banks
- Marsha Duffey
- Brett Burnett
- Shelby Beaty
- Jason Brunson
- Brandon Green
- David Henry
- Billy Saucier