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:
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 First Baptist Church: 304 Front St.
Bullard Fire Department: 215 S. Houston St.
Flint Baptist Church: 11131 FM 2868 W.
Hideaway Member Service: 101 Hide-A-Way Lane
First Methodist Church: 402 W. Hubbard St.
Cameron Jarvis Library: 102 S. Georgia St.
Mount Carmel Baptist Church: 10519 FM 344
Whitehouse Municipal Court: 311 E Main St
First Baptist Church: 801 E. Main St.
Starrville Church Living God: 18396 Highway 271
Victor Kay Gymnasium: 605 Wildcat Drive