Early voting to begin

Voters in Rockwall County will be heading to the polls next week to cast early votes ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

Voters in Rockwall County will be heading to the polls next week to cast early votes ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

In addition to helping decide the next president of the United States and state senator, local voters will be making choices in several city council and school board elections, as well as a dozen proposed amendments to the Wylie City Charter and a $3.25 million bond proposal to improve parks and recreation facilities in Fate.

The early voting period begins Tuesday, Oct. 13, and continues weekdays through Oct. 30, with early voting also offered in Rockwall County on Oct. 24 and 25. Early voting in Rockwall County will be available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 29 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Royse City City Hall, 305 N. Arch Street; the Rockwall County Library, 1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane; the Heath City Hall, 200 Laurence Drive; the Fate City Hall, 1900 CD Boren Parkway.

Early voting will also be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Rockwall County Library only.

Sample ballots of the contested races in the Rockwall County and the Fate, McClendon-Chisholm, Rowlett, Royse City and Wylie city elections, as well as the Bear Creek Special Utility District Board election, are available in today’s edition of the Herald-Banner.

Those wanting additional information can contact the Rockwall County Elections Department at 972-204-6200 or online at www.rockwallvotes.com or visit the Texas Secretary of State elections division website at www.votetexas.gov.

• The contest for United States Representative District 4 has Republican Pat Fallon facing Democrat Russell Foster and Libertarian Lou Antonelli vying to fill the post which was vacated when John Ratcliffe took the position of Director of National Intelligence.

• Republican John G. Browning of Rockwall will face Democratic Party nominee Craig Smith for the post of Place 6 on the Fifth Court of Appeals. Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Browning to replace the late Justice David Bridges, who was the GOP nominee for the spot before he was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Royse City on the night of July 25.

Applications for ballots by mail are due by the close of business on Oct. 23.

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