Early voting will begin Monday for Nov. 6 ballot

Seven county contests and presidential race key voter interest

Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election, which features the presidential contest and seven contested county level or below races, begins Monday in Rockdale and three other locations throughout the county.

Rockdale’s location is the Juvenile Justice Center, located just north of the city limits on FM 487 (Ackerman Street). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Oct 31.

RACES—American election contests don’t get any bigger, of course, than the one for president and vice-president.

This year incumbent Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden are challenged by Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

There are seven contested Milam county races at the county level and below.

Incumbent Republican District Judge John Youngblood is challenged by Democrat Hollis C. Lewis.

Kerry Spears, incumbent county-district attorney is opposed by Republican Bill Torrey.

Kolette Morgan, incumbent Republican tax assessor-collector, is challenged by Democrat Tommy Grimes.

The incumbent county treasurer, Linda Acosta, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Donna Orsag.

There are two county commissioner races. In Precinct 3, Republican John “Barney” Fisher and Democrat Andy Jackson are vying for the position being vacated by longtime Commissioner Dale Jaecks, a Democrat.

And in Precinct 1, incumbent George Tomek (R) faces Ricky McCall (D).

There’s one contested constable race. Precinct 4 incumbent Giles Summerlin (D) is opposed by Fred Keefer (R).

UNOPPOSED—The following incumbent Republicans are unopposed:

David Greene, sheriff; John Anderle, Precinct 1 constable; Charlie West, Precinct 2 constable.

Jay Willingham (R) is unopposed for the Precinct 3 constable position vacated by Herbie Vaughan to seek the sheriff ’s office in this year’s Republican Primary.

Sherry Mueck, Milam County Elections Clerk, listed the early voting schedule as follows:

Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center—9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31, Nov. 1-2.

Milam County Clerk’s Office, Cameron—8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31, Nov. 1-2.

Thorndale Recreational (Firemen’s) Hall—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31, Nov. 1-2.

Buckholts Community Center—9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31, Nov. 1-2.

Mueck said the applications for ballots by mail must be received—not postmarked—in the Milam Count Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

She cautioned that once early voting has started (Oct. 22), applications for ballot by mail may only be mailed, not hand delivered.

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