Early voting ends, Election Day next for District 21 Republican Primary Runoff

Published 12:10 am Saturday, May 25, 2024

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Early voting has ended for the Texas House District 21 Republican Primary Runoff between incumbent Dade Phelan and challenger David Covey.

Election Day is Tuesday.

This month’s runoff is necessary after neither Covey or Phelan captured 50 percent plus 1 of the turnout in the March 5 primary.

According to the Texas Secretary of State election results, Phelan secured 14,547 votes for 43.24 percent of the turnout, and Covey came in with 15,579 votes or 46.31 percent of the ballots cast.

A third candidate, Alicia Davis, garnered 3,517 votes for 10.45 percent of the ballots cast.

The Orange County Elections Department reported that as of the end of early voting Friday, 7,600 ballots had been cast for early voting in Orange County. That included 7,218 in-person ballots and 378 absentee mail ballots.

To participate in the primary runoff, registered voters must live in District 21, which includes most of Jefferson and all of Orange and Jasper counties.

All Republicans are eligible to vote in the runoff.

All other voters who did not declare themselves as Democrat in the Primary are eligible to vote in the runoff.

Phelan, of Beaumont, was first elected to the seat in 2014. He has served as Speaker of the House of Representatives since 2021.

He lists his occupation as real estate developer.

Covey, former Orange County Republican Chairman, lists his occupation as technical advisor, per the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

The winner of Tuesday’s Republican Primary Runoff becomes the official party candidate for the Nov. 5 election

Election Day voting is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Orange County Election Day locations are listed, and voters can use any location they want.

  • Orange Public Library 220 N 5th St., Orange
  • LCMCISD Administration Bldg., 6586 FM 1130, Orange
  • St. Francis Catholic, 4300 Meeks Drive, Orange
  • Sabine River Authority, 12777 Hwy. 87 N, Orange
  • Salvation Army 1950 MLK Drive, Orange
  • Orange County Expo Center, 11475 FM 1442, Orange
  • Orange County Drainage District, 8081 Old Hwy, 90, Orange
  • Mauriceville Community Center, 7441 Cohenour Road, Orange
  • Orange County Airport, 2640 Hwy, 87, Orange
  • Bridge City Knights of Columbus Hall, 495 W, Roundbunch Road, Bridge City
  • Orangefield Cormier Museum, 9908 FM 105, Orange
  • St. Paul Methodist, 1155 W. Roundbunch Road, Bridge City
  • Raymond Gould Community Center, 385 Claiborne Street, Vidor
  • Vidor ISD Administration Bldg., 1255 N. Main St., Vidor
  • Pecan Acres Baptist, 14795 Duncan Woods Lane, Vidor
  • Pine Forest Baptist, 4800 N. Main Street, Vidor