Early voting begins in primary election

The time to begin voting in the primary election has finally arrived!Early voting in the primary election begins May 14 and will run through May 25. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Designated early voting places are as follows:*Hutchinson County Annex Building, 500 Main, Stinnett*Hutchinson County Annex, 1400 Veta, Borger*Fritch Library Community Room, 205 North Cornell, FritchThe last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) is May 22, 2012.There are a variety of federal, state, and county offices on the Republican ballots, including some state referendums.Federal Offices:PRESIDENT – Mitt Romney, John Davis, Charles “Buddy”Roerner, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsmann, Ron Paul. There is also an “Uncommitted” option.UNITED STATES SENATOR- Lela Pittenger, Ben Gambini, Tom Leppert, David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz, Craig James, Glenn Addison, Curt Cleaver, Joe AgrisUNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 13 – Pamela Lee Barlow, Mac ThornberryState Offices:RAILROAD COMMISSIONER – Becky Berger, Beryl Burgess, Roland Sledge, Christi Craddock, Joe Cotton, Warren ChisumRAILROAD COMMISSIONER, UNEXPIRED TERM – Greg Parker, Berry Smitherman, Al Lee, Elizabeth Murray-KolbJUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 2 – Steve Smith, Don WillettJUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 4 – Joe Pool, Jr., John Devine, David MedinaJUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6 – Nathan HechtPRESIDING JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS – Sharon KellerJUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 7 – Barbara Parker HerveyJUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 8 – Elsa AlcalaMEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 15 – Anette Carlisle, Marty RowleySTATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 31 – Kel Seliger, Randy RivesSTATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 87 – Four PriceJUSTICE, 7TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 2 – Mackey K. HancockJUSTICE, 7TH COURT OF APPEALS DISTRICT, PLACE 3 – Pat PirtleDISTRICT JUDGE, 84TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT – William D. “Bill” SmithDISTRICT ATTORNEY, 84TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT – Mark W. SniderCounty Offices:COUNTY ATTORNEY – Michael D. MilnerCOUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR – Carrie KimmellSHERIFF – Michael Lon “Mickey” Blackmon, Don Johnson, James QuallsCOUNTY COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 1 – Larry CoffmanCONSTABLE, PRECINCT 2 – Ron CromerCOUNTY CHAIRMAN – Mary Kay PhelanParty Referendums: (Vote Yes or No)SCHOOL CHOICE: The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child’s school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars.REPEALING OBAMACARE: Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by government into the doctor-patient relationship.PUBLIC PRAYER: Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer.BALANCED BUDGET/CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT GROWTH: Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation, requiring voting approval.REDISTRICTING: The Texas Legislature should redraw the court-imposed lines for Congress and State legislative districts in its upcoming session in order to remedy inequities.Democratic voters in the county will have federal and state races on the ballot, along with some party referendums.Federal Offices:PRESIDENT – Barack Obama, Bob Ely, John Wolfe, Darcy G. RichardsonUNITED STATES SENATOR – Paul Sadler, Addie Dainell Allen, Sean Hubbard, Grady YarbroughState Offices:RAILROAD COMMISSIONER–Dale HenryJUSTICE, SUPREME COURT, PLACE 6 – Michele PettyPRESIDING JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS – Keith HamptonMEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 15 – Steve D. SchafersmanSTATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 87- Abel BosquezCounty Offices:COUNTY CHAIRMAN – John CurnuttParty Referendums: (Vote for or against)PROPOSITION 1 – Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously over the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.PROPOSITION 2- Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.PROPOSITION 3 –Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education?For more information on the primary election, call the county clerk’s office at 878-4002.