Voting picked up immensely on the final day of early balloting before Saturday’s state constitutional amendment and Stephenville City Council elections.

County Clerk Gwinda Jones said 306 of the 823 residents who voted at the Erath County Courthouse before Tuesday’s early voting deadline did so on Tuesday.

Another 120 voters cast ballots at the courthouse on Monday, meaning more than half of the early voters - or 426 - cast their ballots over the final two early voting days.

Jones said the turnout is “very comparable” to previous Stephenville City Council elections, and that a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce property taxes for senior citizens and the disabled wasn’t “that big a draw.”

“Not very many people came into town to vote on the constitutional amendment,” Jones said. “Most of the voters were here to vote on the city council races.”

Only 140 of the 823 early voters at the county courthouse were from outside the Stephenville city limits, Jones said.

Running for Place 1 for Stephenville City Council are incumbent Cyndi Godwin and challenger Pat Shelbourne. For Place 7, incumbent Mark Murphy is being challenged by Robert Burns and Virginia Abel.

Shelbourne and Murphy picked up the endorsements Tuesday of the Stephenville Police Officer Association.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Election Day is Saturday, May 12. See inside for a list of Saturday’s polling places.

City Elections will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The following is a list of county precincts and polling places:

Precincts 10, 11, 12, 18, 19: Stephenville Recreation Building, 378 West Long Street, Stephenville; Precincts 20, 21, 23, 25: Dublin County Annex, 219 South Grafton, Dublin; Precinct 24: Good Tree Retirement Center, 2010 Good Tree Street (FM 8/Lingleville Road); Precincts 30, 31, 32, 33, 34: Central Elementary School-Portable Buildings, 780 W. Washington/Portable buildings are on Baxter Street, and Precincts 41, 44, 45, 46, 47: Embarq Telephone Office, corner of Lillian and Frey Streets, Stephenville.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.