Last minute calls are being made, hands are being shaken and babies are being kissed.
Tomorrow is election day.
Parker County voters will join voters across Texas Tuesday in picking both major party nominees for political leadership at both the state and local levels.
Polls open a 7 a.m. Tuesday at 43 precinct sites in Parker County, and votes may be cast until 7 p.m.
A total of 10 candidates, seven Democrats and three Republicans, are seeking to become Texas’ new governor.
Incumbent Rick Perry is battling Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina for the GOP nomination, while Former Houston Mayor and hair care mogul Farouk Shami are the Democratic front-runners.
Parker County businessman Mike Brasovan is also on Tuesday’s ballot, taking on long-time GOP congressional incumbent Kay Granger.
Locally, ballots feature contested races for county commissioners and justices of the peace in both Precincts 2 and 4, and county judge.
In addition, Republicans have the opportunity to voice their support for five non-binding resolutions ranging from the public use of the word “God” to requiring sonograms for women seeking abortions.
Voter turnout is expected to be high, especially in the Republican primary.
In fact, if the opening days of early voting are an indication of the volume of votes to be cast, this year’s election could see record-setting numbers.
According to Texas Weekly, the Texas Secretary of State’s count of early voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties reported 40,492 people voted in the first two days of early voting in 2006. In the first two days of 2010’s early voting period, more than 87,000 ballots were cast.
“Republicans and Democrats are both turning out more so this year than in 2006, but Republicans, at least on the surface, seem more intrigued with their choices than Democrats,” said Texas Weekly’s Julian Aguilar in a Feb. 19 online column. “The GOP voters accounted for 58 percent of the early voters in the 15 counties. Last time around they were 46 percent of the voters on the first two days.”
According to the office of Secretary of State Hope Andrade, about 1.1 million Texas voters turned out for the 2006 primary for governor. More than 12.5 million were registered to vote that year.
“Voting is an important part of being a Texan,” Andrade said. “I hope that my fellow Texans will join me in participating in this great democratic process.”
Parker County polling places open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for party primaries
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