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The Hub serves as the main election voting and polling place for Smith County.

Smith County residents are heading into the March 3 primary election in record numbers. Last month, county voters set a new record for highest early voting turnout in a primary election, and could set a new record for election day if that momentum continues.

Early voting totals were up 7.13 percent with 19,049 ballots cast compared to the previous record set in 2016 with 17,781 ballots cast. Republican ballots topped out at 14,844 ballots cast, down 3.96 percent from the record 15,456 ballots cast in 2016. Democrats saw an improvement of 86 percent over 2016 with 4,205 ballots cast. The Democrat record for early voting in a primary was set in 2008 with 7,685 ballots cast.

Texas is one of 14 states that will decide their primary elections on Super Tuesday this year. Many races in Smith County will be decided Tuesday, as multiple candidates will not face a challenger from the opposing party in November.

Voters also will weigh in on their party’s platforms with a series of propositions for each party on the ballot. Candidates will vary depending upon which precinct or district a voter lives in.

If no candidate in a contested race secures more than 50% of the vote, the race will then head to a May 26 runoff election between the top two vote-getters.

Voters do not need to register with a party to vote in the primary, but must be a registered voter in that county and can only vote in one party’s primary.

March 3 Election Day polling hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Smith County residents can vote at any of the following locations on election day:

Tyler Locations

Bell Elementary School: 1409 Hankerson St.

Rose Heights Church of God: 2120 Old Omen Road

St. Louis Baptist Church: 4000 Frankston Highway

Tyler Senior Center: 1915 Garden Valley Road

Glass Recreation Center: 501 W 32nd St.

Heritage Building: 1900 Bellwood Road

The HUB: 304 E. Ferguson St.

Jones/Boshears Elementary: 3450 Chandler Highway

TJ Austin Elementary: 1105 W. Franklin St.

Bethel Bible Church: 17121 Highway 69 South

Dayspring Methodist Church: 310 W. Cumberland Road

Noonday Community Center: 16662 County Road 196

First Baptist Church-Gresham: 16844 County Road 165

Soma Church: 3700 Old Bullard Road

Three Lakes Middle School: 2445 Three Lakes Parkway

Shiloh Pines Mobile Home: 2525 Shiloh Road

Dover Baptist Church: 21166 FM 1995

New Harmony Baptist Church: 10251 FM 724

Old Tyler airport terminal: 150 Airport Drive

Red Springs Fire Department: 16759 FM 14

Chapel Hill Fire Department: 13801 County Road 220

St. Violet Baptist Church: 14129 FM 2767

Crossbrand Cowboy Church: 11915 FM 2015

Smith County Juvenile Services: 2630 Morningside Drive

Arp Location

Arp First Baptist Church: 304 Front St.

Bullard Location

Bullard Fire Department: 215 S. Houston St.

Flint Location

Flint Baptist Church: 11131 FM 2868 W.

Hideaway Location

Hideaway Member Service: 101 Hide-A-Way Lane

Lindale Location

First Methodist Church: 402 W. Hubbard St.

Troup Location

Cameron Jarvis Library: 102 S. Georgia St.

Whitehouse Locations

Mount Carmel Baptist Church: 10519 FM 344

Whitehouse Municipal Court: 311 E Main St

First Baptist Church: 801 E. Main St.

Winona Locations

Starrville Church Living God: 18396 Highway 271

Victor Kay Gymnasium: 605 Wildcat Drive

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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