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Lamar goes to the polls today; 40% have already voted

By Walter Geiger Fueled by a bitter presidential race and two hotly-contested local races, turnout is expected to be high today as Lamar voters cast ballots in the general election. *************** ©The Herald Gazette/ This information may not be reprinted, broadcast or distributed electronically in any form or fashion without express consent. For reprint permission, e-mail *************** Polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Vote tabulation will take place in the main courtroom at the courthouse after the polls close. If advance voting turnout is any indication, those polling places will be busy. When the early voting period ended Friday, 3840 voters had cast advance ballots and 341 of 440 absentee ballots distributed had been returned. Lamar has a total of 10,363 active, registered voters eligible to vote in the general election. An unusual, three-way race for Lamar County sheriff is expected to spike turnout numbers. Independent candidate Joe Buice, Democrat Frank Usher and Republican Brad White are battling for the post being vacated by incumbent sheriff Larry Waller who did not offer for reelection. This race may well be headed for a runoff on December 4. The other contested local race pits Republican Van Baker against Democrat Aaron Brown for the district three post on the Lamar County commission now held by Jimmy Hearn who also is not seeking reelection. There are also multiple proposed constitutional amendments, including the controversial charter school measure, on today’s ballot.

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