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Early voting in the March 2020 primaries will begin Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Registered voters must pick whether they want to vote in the Republican primary or the Democratic primary.

Early voting will take place at the Panola County courthouse, room 100, across from the auto registration office. Hours are:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 19-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 from 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 24-26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Panola County Elections Office says they will be able to vote 25 people at a time in their new location, but those wishing to vote should not be discouraged if there’s a line because it will go fast.

Election Day is March 3. Designated polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Candidates

The March primaries will decide who is the Republican and Democrat running for local, state and federal positions in November’s general election, including President.

Locally, there are two contested races in the Republican primary and none in the Democratic primary.

Incumbent Chris Paddie and challenger Mark Williams are running for State Representative District 9 in the Republican primary. Incumbent Nicole Tarpley and challenger Linda Lawless are running for the Panola County Republican Party Chair seat.

Incumbent Bryan Hughes is running for State Senate District 1 in the Republican primary, while challenger Audrey Spanko is running for that position in the Democrat primary. Neither have drawn a challenger, so they will face off in the November general election.

Those running unopposed in their Republican primary and who face no Democratic challenger in November include 123rd District Judge LeAnn Rafferty, Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake, Panola County Constable Pct. 1 and 4 Bryan Murff, Panola County Constable Pct. 2 and 3 Charlie Blue, Pct. 1 Commissioner William Alexander, Pct. 3 Commissioner Craig Lawless, Tax Assessor/Collector Holly Gibbs.

Incumbent John Foster is running unopposed for the Panola County Democrat Party Chair slot.