Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 4, 2013

Early voting turnout solid for run-off election

Amy Brocato Pearson
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Just three days into early voting for the mayoral run-off election, some 311 Jacksonville residents had already cast ballots for their favorite candidate as of mid-afternoon Monday.

The run-off election, which will be held June 11, was necessitated by the fact that the winner of the popular vote, restaurateur Rob Gowin, 44, failed to garner at least 50 percent of the ballots cast. He received 426 votes to incumbent Mayor Kenneth Melvin's 389. Nearly 1,000 people voted in the May 11 election.

Early voting continues at City Hall, 301 E. Commerce St, until 7 p.m. tonight. Residents also can vote between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Thursday.

On Election Day, June 11, the Jacksonville Public Library at 502 S. Jackson St. will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voters to cast ballots.

Votes will be canvassed during a June 17 City Council session.