Early voting for the Republican and Democratic primaries continues through Friday, July 10, as Llano County GOP voters will decide on a new justice of the peace for Precinct 3 as well as the Republican nominee for District 5 in the State Board of Education.
On the Democratic side, voters in both Llano and Burnet counties will determine nominees for the Senate and Texas Railroad Commissioner races.
In Llano County, incumbent appointed Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Debra (Deb) Edwards is running for election to an unexpired term and will face off against Dorothy “Dot” Wooten in the runoff. Edwards was the top votegetter in the March primary, but failed to get a majority of the votes as Wooten forced the runoff.
The winner has no opponent in the November general election and will serve out the remaining term of former Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Era Marion, who stepped down in 2019 before moving out of state. Precinct 3 serves the Kingsland area of Llano County.
In another race which has drawn a great deal of attention, the State Board of Education District 5 race comes down to a runoff between Robert Morrow, the top votegetter in the March primary, and Lani Popp. Incumbent Kent Mercer did not seek re-election to his seat.
In an unusual move, the Llano County Republican Party has announced it has endorsed Popp and is actively campaigning against Morrow, a former Travis County GOP chair and onetime fringe presidential candidate, who was called out by party leadership for allegedly making “misogynistic and vulgar” statements about candidates from both parties as well as making criminal allegations against President Donald Trump and other GOP officeholders and behaving in a manner “demeaning to the Republican Party and to the office to which he seeks election.”
There are no races on the Burnet County GOP runoff ballot as all state and local races were decided in the March primary.
On the Democratic side for both counties, voters will decide who will square off against incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the fall as the party’s nominee — Mary “MJ” Hegar or Royce West. They also will determine the party’s nominee for railroad commissioner between Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo and Chrysta Castañeda.
The winner of that race will face off in the November general election against Republican James Wright, who unseated incumbent Ryan Sitton in the March GOP primary.
Llano County voting
Llano County early voting will be held in three separate locations:
• The Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie, Llano, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 8-10.
• Kingsland Public Library, 125 W. Polk, Kingsland, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 8-10.
• Horseshoe Bay City Hall, 1 Community Drive, Horseshoe Bay, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 8-10.
Election Day polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following polling locations:
• Precincts 102 and 109 vote at Horseshoe Bay City Hall.
• Precincts 204 and 205 vote at Lakeshore Branch Library, 7346 Ranch Road 261, Buchanan Dam.
• Precincts 108, 203 and 307 vote at the Kingsland Library.
• Precincts 101 and 410 vote at the Llano County Library.
For more information, call the Llano County Elections Office at 325-247-5425.
Burnet County voting
Early voting for the Burnet County Democratic runoff election will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8-10 at two locations: the Burnet AgriLife Auditorium, 607 N. Vandeveer, Burnet, and the Marble Falls Courthouse South Annex, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Marble Falls.
Election Day voting in Burnet County will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. Voting Precincts 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 will vote at the AgriLife Auditorium, while Voting Precincts 3, 4, 6, 9, 18, 19 and 20 will vote at the Marble Falls Courthouse South Annex.
For more information, call the Burnet County Elections Administrator at 512-715-5288.