(Orange, Texas)

Election Updates

May 19, 2012

Primary voting remains steady on Republican side

ORANGE — Voter turnout continues to decline slowly as first week of early voting has come to an end in the Democratic and Republican Primary elections.

A total of 391 ballots were received Friday, along with 335 on Thursday, in the Republican Primary election, which brings the early voting total for the first week to 2,193.

In the Democratic Primary election, a total of 663 ballots have been received during the first week, which includes 67 on Friday and 69 on Thursday.

There are no locally contested races in the Democratic Primary, which has been the main reason for the sparse turnout. There are no contested races on the state level either, which only leaves two federal faces for those determined to vote Democrat.

Voters have can choose between four candidates for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President between Barrack Obama, Bob Ely, John Wolfe and Darcy G. Richardson. A seat for U.S. Senator is also on the ballot with four candidates - Grady Yarbrough, Paul Sadler, Addie Dainell Allen and Sean Hubbard.

Meanwhile, the Republican Primary ballot is full of options.

This includes a battle between candidates Mandy White-Rogers and Rodney Allen Townsend for the County Court at Law seat, and a battle for Orange County Commissioner Precinct 1 between incumbent David Dubose and challenger will be Brad Childs.

Voters will also decide the Republican representative in the Orange County Constable Precinct 2 election as David R. Cagle faces Jeremiah Gunter, and, in the Orange County Constable Precinct 4 race, incumbent Weldon Peveto is taking on challenger Joey Jacobs.

While these are the only local contested races, there are some Federal and State races voters can choose between as well.

Voters are able to vote for a Presidential candidate in the Republican race, choosing between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and others.

The Republican ballot also includes 12 candidates for the U.S. Representative seat in District 36. All candidates spoke at a public forum on May 8 in Orange. Other races on the Republican ballot include Railroad Commissioner, and four candidates for the unexpired term for another Railroad Commissioner position.

Races for Justices on the Supreme Court, including Place 2 and Place 4, are on the ballot, as is State Board of Education, District 7.

State Senator races for District 3 between Tammy Blair and Robert Nichols are open, as is District 21 between Daniel Miller and Alan B. Ritter.

There are also referendums on both party ballots pertaining to public prayer, redistricting, school funding and repealing Obamacare.

Early voting for the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections is from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, and Monday, May 21, through Friday, May 25. Election day is Tuesday, May 29.

Early voting locations are at the Orange Public Library, the Bridge City Public Works Building, First Baptist Church in Mauriceville and the Raymond Gould Community Center in Vidor.

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