With Monday, December 9 set as the deadline to register to run for one of four county positions the field is officially set for the election.
The only contested race will be for the County Sheriff where former Denver City Police Lieutenant Charlie Higgs filed to run against Sheriff David Bryant, who also filed for a second term. Bryant defeated Yoakum County Chief Deputy Jerry Howard four years ago in a hotly contested race to earn his current position.
Other offices included in the primary will be Precinct #1 Commissioner, Precinct #3 Commissioner, and Tax Assessor/Collector. Incumbents Woody Lindsey, Tommy Box, and Jan Parrish all filed for another term of office and are all unopposed.
Specific information concerning the election include early voting for the March 3, 2020 Primary will run from February 18, 2020 through February 28, 2020. Election Day is March 3, 2020.
One twist in this election will be both parties holding a joint primary, which means Republicans and Democrats will vote together instead of at separate locations.
Early Voting will be at the Denver City Community Building and at the Yoakum County Courthouse from 8am – 5pm Monday-Friday. Added this year will be early voting at the same locations and same times on Saturday February 22, 2020. The hope is to give people that work out of town an opportunity to vote.
Election Day voting will be at the Denver City Community Building and at the Plains Community Building from 7am – 7pm.
Due to a change in Election Law, straight party voting will no longer be an option. You will still be able to vote a straight ticket, but you will have to scroll through and vote every race to do so.
One more reminder…if you are over the age of sixty-five or disabled, you can apply for an annual ballot by mail. This means the County Clerk’s office will mail you a ballot for every election for this year when it is time.
If you call the County Clerk’s Office after January 1, 2020, they can get an application to you and help you get set up. If you need a ballot by mail for one election, because you are over the age of sixty five, disabled, or will be out of the county for the whole duration of voting, please call the County Clerk’s Office and they can help you get an application for that also.
The main thing is be sure to vote, one of the privileges Americans still have.