Voters who are getting excited to cast their ballots in the March primaries are in luck. Grayson County Commissioners this week approved the polling locations for early voting for the primaries, as well as the times and dates for early voting. The commissioners also approved the joint primary between the Democrat and Republican parties of Grayson County.

Voters who are getting excited to cast their ballots in the March primaries are in luck. Grayson County Commissioners this week approved the polling locations for early voting for the primaries, as well as the times and dates for early voting. The commissioners also approved the joint primary between the Democrat and Republican parties of Grayson County.


Deana Patterson, Grayson County elections administrator, told commissioners Tuesday that the two parties had agreed to hold a joint primary once again. She said the parties are responsible for paying for election day voting, including the cost of the personnel involved and all of the programming for the electronic voting machines. However, she said, the county is responsible for the early voting portion of the election.


Grayson County Commissioner Jeff Whitmire asked how much a primary election costs to put on and Patterson said it will run around $75,000, though the county will get around $35,000-$40,000 of that back from the state.


Early voting for the primary begins on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and continues through Friday, Feb. 26. Early voting locations will include the Grayson County Election Administration building at 115 W. Houston in Sherman, Grayson County Sub-courthouse at 101 W. Woodard in Denison, Pottsboro Independent School District Administration Building at 105 Cardinal Lane in Pottsboro, Whitesboro City Hall at 11 W. Main in Whitesboro and Grayson College at 1455 W. Van Alstyne Parkway in Van Alstyne.


Voters may cast ballots at those locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for the first week of voting. Then on Sunday, voters may cast ballots from noon to 5 p.m. For the second week of early voting, the voting hours will return to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Grayson County offices up for election with contested races include the district attorney, sheriff and commissioners in Precinct 1 and Precinct 3, as well as constable in Precinct 2.


The district attorney race pits incumbent Joe Brown against challenger, and former employee, Bobbie Peterson Cate. The race to see who will be Grayson County’s next sheriff includes Tom Watt, Howard Day and David Russell. The race to see who will be the next commissioner for Precinct 1 includes incumbent Jeff Whitmire and challenger Scott Renfro. In Precinct 3, Commissioner Phyllis James is being challenged by Justin McDonnell. In the Precinct 2 constable race, incumbent Mike Putnam is facing challenger Brett Arterburn. The only contested race for Republican party precinct chair is between Harry Reynolds and Ray Womack in Precinct 101.


In addition to the election details, the commissioners also approved a final plat for a piece of property on Old Southmayd Road just east of Sadler. The plat is called, "Carter’s Last One," which caused commissioners to smile a bit at their last meeting of the year. Jerry White, with Grayson County Development Services, said "Carter’s Last One" is a one-lot, two-acre subdivision. White said owner Walter Wright has enough land that it could be subdivided again, but the name speaks for itself. White said Wright has complied with the county’s subdivision regulations.


Commissioners James, Whitmire and David Whitlock also wished county residents a happy new year before closing the final meeting of the year.