(Orange, Texas)

Election Updates

May 23, 2012

Turnout remains heavy in Republican Primary early voting

ORANGE — There’s still time to hit the polls with two days of early voting remaining.

A total of 339 ballots were received Wednesday, along with 304 more ballots on Tuesday, in the Republican Primary election, which brings the early voting total to 3,349. The Vidor and Orange early voting locations continue to see the most voter traffic as 1,074 ballots have been submitted in Vidor and 969 in Orange.

Voting in the Democratic Primary election remains slow compared to the Republican turnout. A total of 865 ballots have been received through Wednesday, May 23, which includes 68 ballots on Wednesday and 49 more ballots on Tuesday.

Only the Republican Primary election has locally contested races.

These races include a battle between candidates Mandy White-Rogers and Rodney Allen Townsend for the County Court at Law seat, while David Dubose, incumbent County Commissioner Precinct 1, will be opposed by Brad Childs this May as well.

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 will take on a new challenger in Joey Jacobs.

While these are the only local contested races, there are some Federal and State races voters can choose between in each political party.

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. On the Democratic side, voters have the options of President Barrack Obama, Bob Ely, John Wolfe and Darcy G. Richardson.

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 24 and concludes on 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.


Tuesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 23


                            Rep.         Dem.

Orange              103/107     27/45

Bridge City          65/50       13/5

Vidor                 101/119     3/12

Mauriceville          28/43       4/6

Mail                      7/20       2/0

Military                   0            0


Tues. total             304         49

+ Wed. Total          339          68

+ Prev. Total         2,706       748


TOTAL                  3,349       865

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