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Early Voting for Primary Runoff Begins Monday

Federal and State contests on ballots

Published July 20, 2012 @ midnight

The runoff election for the 2012 Primaries is set for Tuesday, July 31, 2012 with Early Voting Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27 at the Garza County Courthouse. 

The Early Voting polling place will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., including the lunch hour.  Garza County registered voters who don’t vote early, will be able to vote at the Post Community Center at 113 W. Main Street from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on July 31.     

The Republican and Democratic Party county chairs have contracted with the Garza County Clerk to conduct a joint election for the parties. 

A runoff election has unique rules pertaining to voters.  For instance, if you voted in the regular (first) primary in May, you associated yourself with either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party.  In the runoff, if you choose to vote, you must vote the ballot of the party in which you are associated.

Registered voters who did not vote in the May Primary Election, can vote in the Runoff Election and choose either the Republican ballot or the Democratic ballot.

There are no local countywide or precinct races associated with either parties' runoff. 

The winning candidates from both parties' May primary and the runoff elections will be placed on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot with other candidates from minor parties and independents.  Depending on whether there is a certified candidate for a contest, there could be a line for a write-in candidate.

The Republican Party ballot has five contests to vote.  The one federal race is for U.S. Senator between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst.  On the state level Drew Springer and Trent McKnight compete for the State Representative, District 68 seat; Warren Chisum and Christi Craddick vie for a place on the Railroad Commission; asking for the unexpired seat on the Railroad Commission are Barry Smitherman and Greg Parker; while David Medina and John Devine request your vote to be on the Texas Supreme Court.

The one race on the Democratic Party ballot is for the U.S Senator nomination.  The candidates are Grady Yarbrough and Paul Sadler.

Tuesday, July 24, is the last day for the Early Voting Clerk to receive applications for absentee ballots by mail.
There will be one countywide consolidated voting precinct on Election Day.

Voter information, including sample ballots and prior election results can be found on our 2012 Elections Page.

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