Thousands of Tarrant County voters are casting ballots

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Early voting

Early voting for the May 11 election runs through May 7: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. today; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday; and 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Main early voting site Tarrant County Elections Center, 2700 Premier St., Fort Worth Arlington Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St. Elzie Odom Athletic Center, 1601 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd. Center for Community Service, Junior League of Arlington, 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway South Service Center, 1100 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd. Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse, 700 E. Abram St. Azle B.J. Clark Annex, Room 4, 603 Southeast Parkway Bedford Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive Crowley Crowley Community Center, 900 E. Glendale St. Euless Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive Forest Hill Mahaney Community Center, 6800 Forest Hill Drive Fort Worth Diamond Hill/Jarvis Library, 1300 N.E. 35th St. Fort Worth Municipal Building, 1000 Throckmorton St. Griffin Subcourthouse, 3212 Miller Ave. Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St. JPS Health Center Viola M. Pitts/Como, Lower Level -- Auditorium 1, 4701 Bryant Irvin Road N. Northwest Branch Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St. Rosemont Middle School, 1501 W. Seminary Drive Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St. Southwest Subcourthouse, 6551 Granbury Road Summerglen Branch Library, 4205 Basswood Blvd. Tarrant County Plaza Building, 201 Burnett St. Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave. Grand Prairie Asia Times Square, 2615 W. Pioneer Parkway Grapevine Grapevine Community Activities Center, 1175 Municipal Way Haltom City Haltom City Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane Haslet Carl E. Schluter Elementary School, 1220 Mesa Crest Drive Haslet Public Library, 100 Gammil St. Hurst Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive Keller Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway Kennedale Kennedale Community Center, 316 W. Third St. Lake Worth Sheriff's Office North Patrol Division, 6651 Lake Worth Blvd. Mansfield Mansfield Sub-Courthouse, 1100 E. Broad St. North Richland Hills Dan Echols Center, 6801 Glenview Drive Richland Hills Richland Hills Community Center, 3204 Diana Drive River Oaks River Oaks City Hall, 4900 River Oaks Blvd. Saginaw Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Administration Building 6 -- Training Room, 1200 Old Decatur Road Southlake Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main St. Watauga Watauga City Hall, 7105 Whitley Road Westlake Solana Office Complex, Westlake Town Offices, 3 Village Circle White Settlement White Settlement ISD Administration Building, 401 S. Cherry Lane

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More than 11,000 local voters already have cast ballots in the upcoming May 11 election, up slightly over the local turnout at this time two years ago.

The hot button issues that seem to driving at least some of the turnout include the Birdville school bond election that would close some schools, and a proposal in Grapevine to impose term limits on elected city officials.

“Everything has been running pretty good,” Tarrant County Elections Administrator Steve Raborn said. “There have been no major problems.”

Contested races on the ballot include Arlington mayor, four City Council seats in Fort Worth and three in Arlington, two Fort Worth school trustee posts and three seats on the Tarrant Regional Water District’s board of directors.

By the end of voting Wednesday, 9,506 votes were cast in person in Tarrant County, compared with 9,269 cast through the same time period in 2011, according to local election records.

Through mid-afternoon Thursday, 11,134 voters had cast ballots this week, election records show.

While there are 940,629 registered voters in Tarrant County, Raborn said he’s not sure turnout for this May election will reach double digits. Local May elections generally see a fairly low turnout.

But this year’s election is already much different than last year.

Last year’s elections were thrown into turmoil when federal officials shot down redistricting maps drawn by the GOP-led state legislature and left the ultimate election day up in the air for months. Officials ultimately pushed the primary date to late May to ensure that different maps could be in effect for Election Day.

That made the local and school elections in May the first election of the year, rather than potentially the third — after the primary election and any runoff needed to settle those races.

“It was a difficult election year,” Raborn said. “This year, we are back to normal, so it actually seems kind of quiet.”

Early voting ends May 7. Mail-in ballots must be returned to the elections office by Election Day, May 11.

Photo identification requirements are still not in effect in Texas because they have not received federal approval. So to vote, take your voter registration certificate, a driver’s license, utility bill or other mail from a governmental entity to the polls.

See a sample ballot here. For more information, call the Tarrant County Elections Center, 817-831-8683.

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610 Twitter: @annatinsley

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