Early voting for the March 3 Republican and Democratic primary elections starts Tuesday, and no remote early voting locations will be available.

All registered voters in all Brewster County precincts may cast their ballots early at the Val Clark Beard Complex, 203 North 7th Street in Alpine. On Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 21, the polling place will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Monday, Feb. 24 through Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. On Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28, polls will be open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Voters can also cast ballots Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Val Beard Complex.

On election day, voters must cast their ballots in the precinct in which they are registered.

County positions on the ballot will see Republican and former Brewster County deputy Devon Portillo challenging Democratic incumbent Ronny Dodson for the county sheriff position. Both are running unopposed in their respective parties, and barring write-ins, the two will face off in the Nov. 3 general election.

For the county attorney position, Democratic incumbent Steve Houston is virtually assured another term since no one from either party chose to challenge him.

With the coming retirement of long-time Tax Assessor-Collector Betty Jo Rooney, Democrat Silvia Vega filed for the seat, and will run unopposed on both sides.

Commissioner seats in Pcts. 1 and 3 are both up for grabs on Nov. 3. In Pct. 1, Republican incumbent Betse Esparza chose not to seek reelection, and Alpine businessman Jim Westermann stepped in to try. On the Democratic side, Jerry Johnson and Johnny Milan will face off in the primary for the right to challenge Westermann in November.

Democratic incumbent Pct. 3 Commissioner Ruben Ortega will run alone on the Democratic ballot, and no Republican came forward to run for the position.

For county Constable, Pct. 1, Republican incumbent Henry Ogletree will retire at the end of his term, and only Republican Nick Harrison chose to run for that seat.

Both incumbent County chairs, Republican Monica McBride and Democrat Mary Bell Lockhart, will run unopposed in their respective parties.

Incumbent Roy Ferguson will renew his bid for 394th District Judge. He will run alone on the Democratic ballot, and no Republicans came forward to challenge.

Fort Stockton attorney Ori Tucker White stepped up to oppose incumbent Sandy Wilson for 83rd District Attorney on the Republican ballot. With no Democratic candidates, and barring write-ins, the winner will take the seat in November.

Both parties are also offering a number of propositions that voters can weigh in on. Ballot propositions are an opinion poll of primary voters, and not a policy referendum. Voters are not choosing to make a law, but rather saying they agree or disagree with a statement.

At the polls, voters must show a valid photo ID. To see acceptable forms of voter ID, visit votetexas.gov and click on Identification Requirements for Voting.

Voters may view official sample ballots at the elections office annex at the county courthouse, 107 West Avenue E #3, in Alpine, or online at brewstercountytx.com. Click on Elections Information, then on Official Sample Ballot for either Democratic or Republican.

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