Voting

A voter leaves the University of North Texas Greek Life Center during the first day of early voting on April 22.

It’s today! It’s today! It’s today!

After all the tents get folded for Cinco de Mayo, and all the gardeners run for the roses at the Denton County Master Gardener Association’s epic plant sale, and an even faster horse wins the Kentucky Derby, Denton County voters will have chosen new school board trustees and city council members and authorized tax collections of various and sundry purposes.

By night’s end though, nine out of 10 of those registered voters will likely have left that heavy lifting to others. Just 4% of Denton County registered voters cast ballots in early voting for the election. Another 4% to 6% will likely cast ballots today.

Because early voting turnout has been low, all three contested races in the city of Denton could be in play. Four district seats on the City Council are on the ballot, but in District 2, council member Keely Briggs is assured her third and final term as her election is unchallenged.

Two other incumbents drew opponents who found significant support for their campaigns. Council member John Ryan faces Emily Meisner in his bid for a second term representing District 4 and Denton’s southside neighborhoods. Council member Gerard Hudspeth faces George Ferrie in his campaign for a second term representing District 1 and Denton’s central and southeastern neighborhoods.

The big one to watch, and one that may not be settled today, is the three-way race to represent the westside neighborhoods of District 3. Matt Farmer, Jesse Davis and Diana Leggett are running to replace outgoing council member Don Duff. One hopeful must get at least 50 percent, plus one, of the votes in District 3 to win outright. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters head to a runoff election on June 8.

Some of the highest turnout has been in fast-growing Argyle, where voters have both Town Council and school board choices to make. In Krum ISD, embattled incumbents on the school board are being challenged in an at-large race. It’s winner-take-all for the top two in that race. In Corinth, voters will consider whether to extend for 10 years the sales tax that funds a crime control and prevention district. In addition, some Corinth voters will join other voters in the Lake Cities to vote up or down on a $105 million bond proposition for new facilities in Lake Dallas ISD.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., although any voter waiting in line by 7 p.m. can be assured of voting.

Unlike early voting, which allows Denton County voters to cast ballots in any early voting location, voters must report to their precinct polling location to vote today. More information is available on the Denton County Elections Administration website, votedenton.com.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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