Early voting ended Friday and those who didn’t vote will get one more chance to decide on local and state elections on Tuesday.

Parker County Elections Administrator Don Markum said as of Friday afternoon, a total of about 8,047 people had voted during early voting.

“That’s actually more than we voted two years ago, but it’s pretty close right now to being the same percentage because we have more registered voters,” Markum said. “But at this point we have a little more than voted two years ago. We’ve been busy all [Friday], that line has been out the door, down to the JP’s office.”

Markum said things have gone smoothly on the new voting equipment from Hart InterCivic.

“It’s gone very well. The only thing is sometimes the paper jams because they put it in crooked or they’re trying to pull it out before it’s done, but that happens when you have moving parts and a piece of paper, but nothing major at all,” Markum said. “In fact, every comment I’ve had from either friends or people I see coming out, have been positive.”

Springtown resident Lisa Elkins cast her vote at the Azle Masonic Lodge and enjoyed using the new machines.

“I thought they were very nice because the screens are better, they’re much clearer and it’s all touch screen, so I love that,” Elkins said. “If you felt like you made a mistake, it was easy to correct and then once I got done then you just print it and take your ballot over to a box, slide it in there and the flag comes up and you know it took it. It was great, I really like it.”

On the ballot this election cycle are 10 state constitutional amendments, bond proposals from Aledo ISD and Brock ISD and city of Brock mayor and city commissioners.

Aledo ISD proposed a $149.95 million bond on the ballot, which will be used for a second middle school, renovations to Aledo Middle School, a sixth elementary, renovations to McAnally Intermediate, renovations to Vandagriff into an early childhood campus, furniture replacement at three elementary schools, land for future school site and additional school buses. There will be no tax rate increase with the bond and the district was able to lower the tax rate by 10 cents after the passing of House Bill 3.

Brock ISD will have a $21.36 million bond election, which will fund new security enhancements, school buses, additional classrooms at the high school and junior high school, technology upgrades, an agriculture building lab for welding and fabrication and a junior high gymnasium. There will be no tax rate increase with the bond and the district lowered the overall tax rate by 12 cents.

In the city of Brock mayoral race, Brock City Commissioner Jay Hamilton will be running against Delta Airlines Captain Steve Aue. Current mayor Troy Snow is not seeking reelection for the position.

In the race for Brock city commissioner, Jowell Ranspot and Ben Kent Davis both filed for the open city commissioner spot. Current Brock Commissioner Debbie Scrimshire and former Brock West commissioner Matthew Heistermann have also filed for city commissioner.

There will be many locations open on election day Tuesday for those who haven’t cast their vote and the polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Markum said the Church of God Camp will no longer be a poll site for election day.

“We’ll have a sign up there telling them where the next polling place is, which is Victory Baptist Church,” Markum said. “The Willow Park site has some construction, so people might want to keep that in mind if they go there — it may take a little longer to get to it. [Voters] can go to any location they want to go to.”

For more information about election day, visit parkercountytx.com/118/Elections.

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