Poll sites swarmed with voters into the evening Friday, as the last day of early voting for the March 4 joint primary elections drew to a close.
Approximately 10,000 people, or one-seventh of all the registered voters in Parker County, visited one of six early voting locations in what may be the largest early vote turnout for a primary election in the county’s history.
Based on a cursory look at historical voting records and the collective memory of 20- and 30-year veteran election workers, acting Parker County Elections Administrator Robert Parten said this year marks the highest primary turnout for both Republicans and Democrats.
“It looks like by the end of today, we’re going to be right at 10,000 votes,” Parten said Friday afternoon. “That’s a lot.”
While considering the best allocation of voting resources for the joint primary, Parten said he planned for 50 percent voter turnout, much higher than the 26-30 percent prediction he said came from the state Friday.
“The way I set this up was, ‘Okay, what if this is the biggest primary in the history of this county?’ I based it on 50 percent turnout, which I knew in the beginning was going to be high, but if you’re going to be wrong, you need to be wrong on the good side,” he said.
Based on 720 total minutes during the 12-hour period polls are open on election day, and the time it takes the average voter to make up his or her mind, Parten allocated seven voting machines for voting precincts with more than 2,000 registered voters.
Precincts with fewer registered voters will have proportionately fewer voting machines, and a number will be reserved as back-ups.
Thanks to Parker County’s tradition of holding joint primary elections, there are more voting machines available in counties where the contests are held separately, Parten noted.
Early voting totals approach 10,000 for first time in recent memory
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Historic Home of the Month named
The Parker County Heritage Society’s Historic Home of the Month is the Norton-Black-Lott Home, located at 406 West Columbia Street. Living in the house her great grandfather built, Martha and Richard Lott are the caretakers of this Weatherford historic home.
AgriLife to offer landscape class
The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service of Parker County, in cooperation with the Parker County Master Gardeners, will conduct a workshop entitled Creating and Maintaining a Healthy, Drought-Tolerant and Sustainable Landscape.
Rainforest Camp at Burch School of Music
In June, there were seven students who explored the flora and fauna of the rainforest through music at The Burch School of Music. Each child made his or her own rain stick, along with other crafts and art work. For two hours each day for five days, students explored a different level of the rainforest, starting with the emergent layer at the top, moving through the canopy, the understory, the forest floor and the rivers. They let bats fly (black balloons) and were eaten by a boa constrictor. On the last day they dressed as natives and drummed together.
Republican Women to meet Aug. 14 at Doss
The Parker County Republican Women’s monthly meeting will be Aug. 14 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. The meeting is open to the public.
Peaster FFA students attend state convention
The 86th Texas FFA Convention was recently held in Fort Worth. Peaster’s Hannah Ford completed her year of service as a state officer.
Parker County Heritage Society to meet Aug. 19
Parker County Heritage Society will meet Aug. 19 in the home of Nathan and Abby Hamessely at 410 W. Spring St. at 7 p.m.
AgriLife to offer parenting classes Aug. 19, 21
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes on Aug. 19 and 21, 2014, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 1-5 p.m. each day and will include lunch. The cost to attend the class is $10 per person for the two-day class. Scholarships are available.
CASA receives national certification for its efforts
WEATHERFORD – CASA Hope for Children of Parker and Palo Pinto County has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA Hope for Children is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.
Weatherford FFA attends state convention in Fort Worth
Members from the Weatherford FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth.
DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths
Marriages and deaths recorded from July 16, 2014 to July 22, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.
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