Early voting a bit slow
By Robin Scott
The excitement of Election Day is certainly something that is understandable; however, the opportunity to avoid the crowds or wait in a long line is tempting as well. Early voting provides just such an opportunity, yet many area residents have not taken advantage of the ease of voting that early voting offers.
According to Presiding Judge for Early Voting in Hartley County, Frank Figueroa, “It’s a little slow with only 42 people voting at this location since it began, but there is still a week to go.” Figueroa is set up at the Hartley County Office of the Justice of the Peace on Texas Avenue. In Channing, Deputy District and County Clerk, Trista Tunnell noted, “We’ve had eight people come in and vote early. It’s a bit slow.”
Figueroa commented, “We need to get the word out to people to come on in and vote early. It will save them a lot of time overall.” Two locations for Hartley County are available for early voting, The Hartley County Courthouse in Channing and the Office of the Justice of the Peace in Dalhart on Texas Avenue.
Early Voting in Dallam County is underway as well and is doing a little better in numbers. DeLeasa Jones, Deputy District and County Clerk for Dallam County noted, “We’ve had 75 voters come in for early voting, not bad really, but we would still encourage more to come in.” Voters may stop by the Office of the District and County Clerk in Dalhart located at the Dallam County Courthouse to vote.
Two contested races in Dallam County and one in Hartley County are on the ballot. The Office of Justice of the Peace for Dallam County and the Office of County Commissioner for Precinct 4 in Hartley County both have two candidates in each race, and the office of County Commissioner for Precinct 2 in Dallam County has three candidates running against each other. Voting provides an opportunity to have a say in who will fill each of the offices.
The Dalhart Texan has run biographical articles on each of the seven candidates running in contested races, which may be viewed online or a copy of the past editions of the newspaper may be picked up at the office located at 410 Denrock. Biographical articles have also run on many of the unopposed candidates as well.