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Feb 17, 2010 | 1056 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early voting in the March 2 primary election began Tuesday, and so far 74 voters had cast ballots by the end of the first day.

Early voting ends Feb. 26.

Eligible voters may cast ballots at the Bee County Courthouse between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bee County Clerk Mirella Escamilla Davis said she also will keep the courthouse open on Saturday, Feb. 20, so that residents may vote.

The deadline to apply for mail-in ballots is Feb. 23.

Voters may cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.

Davis said she believes she will see a larger than usual turnout of voters on the north and south end of the county because of two contested commissioners races.

“I expect to see a large turnout on the north and south ends of the county because the incumbent commissioners there have opponents in the primary election,” she said.

She said Precinct 2 Commissioner Susan Stasny faces two opponents in the Republican primary, Dennis DeWitt and Ken Chesshir. Precinct 2 covers most of the northern section of Bee County.

The winner of that election will essentially claim the post unless someone files as a write-in candidate for the November general election.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ronnie Olivares, whose precinct covers most of the southern section of the county, also faces an opponent in the Democratic primary — Porfirio Longoria, who presently serves as road and bridge supervisor for Precinct 4.

The winner of the March primary will face Republican Ken Haggard in the November general election.

Winners of the November general election take office Jan. 1, 2011.
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