Voters continued to flock to the polls Friday, the final day of early voting in the mid-term election.
According to County Clerk Gwinda Jones, 4,027 Erath County voters cast early ballots during the two weeks of early voting, while 296 voted early in Dublin.
Jones said the early ballot count was not as high as last November's presidential election, but the total is greater than the turnout during previous governor elections.
For area voters who missed the opportunity to vote early, Jones is encouraging qualified voters to take advantage of the final opportunity to weigh in on a number of state and local issues from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.
With the county once again participating in county-wide vote centers, Election Day voters have the convenience of voting at any one of 11 polling places regardless of the precinct in which they reside. Ballots may be cast in Stephenville at the Erath County Courthouse, CenturyLink office, Citibank, TexasBank or United Cooperative Services. Across the county, polls are located at the Dublin County Annex, Lingleville School, Morgan Mill Community Center, Selden Community Center, Bluff Dale Fire Department or Huckabay School.
What's on the ballot?
In addition to a number of state-wide races, including the offices of several Republicans currently holding offices, including Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott, Comptroller Susan Combs, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples who are all vying for another term, four local incumbents are also working to keep their seat. Meanwhile, voters within the Stephenville Independent School District will voice their opinions in a bond election.
SISD bond proposition
SISD voters are being asked to approve an estimated $34 million bond package.
SISD is calling on voters to stand behind the effort to bring to fruition facilities improvements and additions to three existing campuses - Chamberlin Elementary, Hook Elementary and Gilbert Intermediate.
The plan will shift pre-kindergarten-sixth grade students across the campuses, and SISD's oldest facility, Central Elementary, will be abandoned as an education facility.
Commissioner Precinct 2
Democratic incumbent Lynn Tidwell, who has served the county for almost eight years, is facing off against Republican challenger Herbert Brown.
Precinct 2 adds up to 238 miles of county-maintained roads, 30 miles of which are paved.
Tidwell said when he was first elected to office, he made one promise - to do his best and be fair - and he is making those same promises today.
Challenger Brown would bring a new face to the commissioners court, but he is not a new face to the area or political arena. Brown, a fourth generation Erath County native, served on the Lingleville ISD board of trustees for 14 years.
Commissioner Precinct 4
Democratic incumbent Marvin "Randy" Lowe, who is now in his 12th year of service on the court, is facing off against Republican newcomer Scot Jackson.
Lowe said among his biggest accomplishments is the fact that there are 50 miles of paved roads in precinct 4, whereas there were only three miles of paved road when he first took office.
Precinct 4 is also home to six school districts, including Stephenville, Lingleville, Huckabay, Gordon, Santo and Morgan Mill.
Jackson, who has lived in the rural part of Erath County since 1973, said his biggest concern is the improvements and maintenance needed on the less traveled county roads. He said residents with remote residences deserve the same services provided to county residents living in more populated areas.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
Democratic incumbent Latrelle Cain, who is also in her 12th year of service, is asking for voter support to keep her seat, which is being challenged by Republican Bart Greenway.
Like her fellow incumbents, Cain's campaign is touting a simple slogan - "experience counts."
Greenway is a fifth generation Erath County resident who said he has "an intense commitment" to the county's success.
House of Representatives
State Representative Sid Miller, District 59, is calling on his constituents in Erath, Comanche, Mills, Hamilton, Coryell and Somervell counties to re-elect him to the House of Representatives. Miller first took office in 2001.
Miller is being challenged by Independent candidate Will Bratton, a 27-year-old law student from Goldthwaite.