Polls open until 7 p.m. tonight after record-breaking early voting
.By LYNETTE SOWELL
Early voting closed Friday, with a total of 13,509 voters in Coryell County having cast their ballots as of 5 p.m. Friday.
Of those more than 13,000 voters, 7,363 went to the polls in Copperas Cove, 4,819 in Gatesville, and 1,327 voters mailed in their ballots.
Early voter turnout surpassed voting numbers for both the 2008 and 2012 elections.
Today, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Voters may vote at any of these locations regardless of where they live in Coryell County.
Copperas Cove Civic Center, 1206 W Ave B
Holy Family Catholic Church, 1001 Georgetown Rd., Copperas Cove
Eastside Baptist Church, 1202 ML King Jr. Dr, Copperas Cove
Gatesville Civic Center, 303 Veterans Memorial Loop, Gatesville
Evant City Hall, 598 E Hwy 84, Evant
Turnersville Community Center, 8115 FM 182, Gatesville
Flat Community Center, 159 CR 334, Flat
Oglesby Community Center, 118 Main St., Oglesby
Kempner area voters in Lampasas County may vote at any of the following locations:
New Covenant Church, 1604 Central Texas Expressway, Lampasas
Clear Creek Baptist Church, 3350 FM 2657, Kempner
Kempner Fire Training Station, 315 Pecan St., Kempner
Adamsville Community Center, 174 CR 3740, Adamsville
Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 office, 104 N. 4th St., Lometa
Copperas Cove voters will be electing city council members for places 3, 4, and 5.
Candidates on the ballot for place 3 include Dan Yancey (incumbent), Vic Dery, and Chuck Taylor. For place 4, Gary Kent, Clarence Enochs, and Jay Manning are on the ballot, with Terry McDonald withdrawn from the race. For City Council place 5, Kirby Lack (incumbent) and E. Marc Payne are on the ballot.
Voters will also be deciding the outcomes of two city propositions.
Proposition one calls for legalizing the sale of liquor, including mixed beverages, in the City of Copperas Cove.
Proposition two calls for the approval of one-eighth of a cent of the city’s sales tax revenue being used to maintain and repair the city’s streets. This one-eighth of a cent, if approved by voters, will remove one-eighth of a cent of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporations one-half cent sales tax funding, which was originally approved by Copperas Cove voters in 2001.
There is the possibility of a runoff election, depending on the results from the city council races. The city council will canvass city election results on Nov. 22 and call for a runoff election, with runoff candidates drawing for places on the special election ballot after that date.
A runoff election would take place Tuesday, Dec. 13, if needed, with the city council having a special meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 21 to canvass the results of that election, should it take place.
For the majority of local Coryell County races, winner were decided in the March 2016 Primary, for Coryell County sheriff, attorney, county tax assessor-collector, county commissioners for precincts 1, 3, and 4; constables for precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4.
For United States House of Representatives District 25, incumbent Roger William ® faces off against Democratic candidate Kathi Thomas. In the race for State Senator, District 24, Dawn Buckingham (Republican) faces off against Democratic candidate Virginia "Jennie Lou" Leeder. In the Texas House of Representatives District 59 race, incumbent Dr. J.D. Sheffield won the primary and has no opponent from the Democratic party.
Please note: The Coryell County Annex on 210 S. 2nd St. is not a polling location, as listed in the Nov. 8 print edition of the Leader-Press.