It’s here: anyone who’d like to go ahead and cast their vote for the U.S. Presidential election, or local races, can now do so.
Early voting began Tuesday, and continues through Friday, Oct. 30. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Lots of people, hundreds, actually, looked to be taking advantage of the opportunity on Tuesday, at the Community House just off Highway 259. And in addition to the Presidential race, there is a Kilgore City Council position up for grabs: Place 3, with Missy Merritt facing Alan VanDoren (Current council members Victor Boyd and Merlyn Holmes are unopposed).
The race garnering the most attention, of course, is sitting President Donald J. Trump, a Republican, facing Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Also of importance are the races for U.S. Rep. District 1, between Louie Gohmert (R) and Hank Gilbert, a Democrat challenger; the U.S. Rep. District 4 seat with Republican Pat Fallon and Democrat Russell Foster; the U.S. Senate race between incumbent John Cornyn (R) and Democrat challenger Mary “MJ” Hegar; and the Texas State races, including Bryan Hughes (R) facing Audrey Spanko (D) for a State Senate seat; and the State Representative District 11 seat, with Travis Clardy (R) meeting Alec Johnson (D).
In Rusk County, the positions of Trustee At-Large and Trustee, Precinct 1 on the Countywide School Board of Rusk County are both up for election.
Candidates running for the seats are Dale Hedrick of Kilgore, who is running for the Trustee At-Large seat; his opponent, Dwain Knight, of Henderson; and Phil Patterson, also of Kilgore, who is running for the Precinct 1 seat.
See a story on that race in Saturday’s Kilgore News Herald.
As mentioned, the seat on the Kilgore City Council is contested between Merritt and VanDoren, and two spots are up on the Overton City Council: Place 1, with candidates Josh Hill, Trampas Freeman and Curtis Gilbert, and Place 5, with candidates Christopher Hall, Lane Schurbon and Jason Wood.
Also on the ballot is trustee at-large for Leverett’s Chapel ISD: Tommy Brown, Chris Dean, James “J.R.” Rodgers, Jimmy Faye Waller and Robbie Waller.
Kilgore’s city limits are in both Gregg and Rusk Counties, and as such, here is the early voting information for both.
In Gregg County, early voting will be available at several branch locations, as well as at the Gregg County Courthouse:
• Kilgore Community Center — 622 Kay St, Kilgore 75662
• Judson Community Center — 1129 FM 1844, Longview 75605
• Broughton Community Center — 801 S MLK Blvd, Longview 75602
• Longview Community Center — 500 E Whaley St, Longview 75601
• Community Connections — 501 Pine Tree Rd, Longview 75604
• White Oak Community Center — 100 E Center St, White Oak 75693
• Sabine old elementary cafeteria — 5331 Old Hwy 135, (Liberty City) Gladewater 75647
• Elderville Community Center — 10450 Hwy 349, Longview 75601
• Greggton Community Center — 3211 W Marshall Ave, Longview 75604
The Gregg County early voting schedule applies to branch locations, as well as the Gregg Co. Courthouse, and is as follows: For week one, Tuesday, Oct 13 – Friday, Oct 16, 8:00 am. until to 6 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For week two, Sunday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19 until Friday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. until 4.
For week three, on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. until 4, and Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. until 6.
The state of Texas is urging voters who may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to take advantage of curbside voting. This practice is required to be offered at polling locations statewide and those who wish to make use of it are encouraged to call ahead to request assistance by having a poll worker meet them at their car to take their ballot.
Voters who wish to vote by mail should contact their elections office for an application by Oct. 23.
For more information, call the Gregg County Elections Office at (903) 236-8458.
In Rusk County, registered voters can cast their ballots early at Rusk County Elections Office, located on 204 N. Main Street in Henderson.
Rusk County early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 13 through Friday, Oct. 16 and polls will be open Sat. Oct. 17 for the same hours. Early voting will not be available Sunday, Oct. 18.
Hours will be extended from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23. Saturday early voting will be available once again from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 and polls will be closed Sunday, Oct. 25.
Normal hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Monday Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30.
Election day voting will be held on Nov. 3 in Rusk Co. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at several branch voting locations, in addition to the Elections Office:
• Overton Community Center — 505 S. Meadowbrook, Overton, TX
• Kilgore Chandler St. Church of Christ — 2700 Chandler St., Kilgore, TX
• New London Comm. Center — 125 Tyner, New London, TX
• Centre Presbyterian Church — 8531 FM 2011, Longview, TX
• Stewart Voting Box — 13606 FM 782 N., Henderson, TX
• Tatum Sherman R. Smith Comm. Center — 231 N. Hood, Tatum, TX
• Henderson Civic Center — 1005 HWY 64 W., Henderson, TX
• Minden Voting Box — 11389 CR 317 S, Henderson, TX
• Mt. Enterprise Comm. Center — 300 NW 2nd, Mt. Enterprise, TX
• S. Main Church of Christ Multi. Bldg. — 402 S. Main, Henderson, TX
• Carlisle Voting Box 2541 — HWY 42 S, Price, TX
• County Barn Precinct 4 — 13612 FM 1798 W, Henderson, TX
For more information, call the Rusk County Elections Office at (903) 657-0321.