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March 3, 2014

Early voting draws 2,727

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Holding true to tradition, Cherokee County voters showed up in droves Friday at early voting polling sites to ensure their voice in Tuesday's primary.

According to Connie Quine, Cherokee County chief deputy voter registrar, some 572 voters cast ballots on Friday; of these, 339 were cast in Jacksonville, 151 cast in Rusk and 82 cast in Alto.

A total 2,727 ballots were cast during the Feb. 18-24 early voting period, she said.

“The turnout was average for a non-presidential election,” Quine said, adding she thought that because there were several highly contested races for county-level offices, more people would take advantage of the early voting period.

Two dozen polling sites throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for today's primary election.

On Monday, Quine said election officials kept a close eye on the weather, which thus far has resulted in cold, icy conditions in some parts of the county.

According to the website for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Shreveport, a winter weather advisory is in effect through noon Tuesday for Deep East Texas, including Cherokee County.

NOAA is predicting freezing rain/sleet with amounts up to ¼-inch, with possible icing of bridges and overpasses, as well as collecting on trees and power lines.

Election updates will be posted on the Cherokee County website, www.co.cherokee.tx.us, as well as on the “Cherokee County Elections Dept” page on Facebook.

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