Election season seems to have been going on forever, but it comes to an end on Tuesday when American voters go to the polls to have their say on national, state and local elections.
Early voting has been steady across the county and appears to be record-breaking with 7,012 early ballots cast shortly before noon on the final day. That is 49 percent of the 13,519 registered voters in the county, but election officials expected it to pass 50 percent early afternoon. In 2016 the presidential election drew 5,944 early voters.
Ginger Wall, elections administrator, said while nearly 50 percent of the county’s registered voters went to the polls early, there are still plenty who will vote on election day. The election staff will begin processing early ballots on election day and begin uploading them by 7 p.m. when polls close.
Wall said early voting went well with no major issues. Voters planning to arrive on election day should be prepared for possible lines. She also reminds those who have not submitted their mail-in ballot to the post office, those may be hand-delivered by the voter to the election administrator’s office by 5 p.m. on election day.
There were 650 mail-in ballots requested including those by military and citizens out of the country on election day.
Voters may cast their ballots at any of the locations since Montague County operates county-wide polling. Polling locations and sample ballots will be available at the county website: co.montague.tx.us, click elections.
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Volunteers make Thanksgiving merry with free community meals
There were 328 meals served at the community dinner including delivery, take-out and in-house. Coordinator Judy Broker thanked the volunteers and donors who provided nine hams and 15 turkeys along with the bakers of sides and desserts and those who delivered all the free meals. Pictured above volunteers fill meal plates for delivery to area residents.
Drug cases dominate grand jury list
The staff of the 97th District Attorney’s office released the following indictments from the recent November session of the Montague County Grand Jury.
Christopher Lemon, 21, Montague, indicted for tampering or fabricating evidence from a Nov. 18, 2022 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Zacchaeus Jones, 31, Ennis, possession of a controlled substance 4-400 grams, July 25 complaint, $25,000 bond.
James Marley, 47, Bowie, failure to register as a sex offender, May 20 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Jose Ramirez-Oretega, 46, Holliday, driving while intoxicated third or more, Sept. 9 complaint, no bond stated, in custody.
Robert Watkins, 44, Bowie, possession of a controlled substance under one gram, June 9 complaint, $1,500 bond.
Terry Wages, 55, Bridgeport, two charges for prohibited substance and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams, Jan. 8 complaint, $50,000 in bonds.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Routine business for commissioners on Monday
By BARBARA GREEN
Members of the Montague County Commissioners Court met for a brief agenda of business on Monday as the county moves into the final month of the year.
The date for the last December meeting was moved from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26 due to the Christmas holiday.
A joint resolution was accepted for the county to conduct the Democratic and Republican Party primaries on March 5, 2024 and the runoffs on May 28, 2024.
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