Polling location changes to make voting easier in Smith Co.

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 2:53 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2016 at 3:01 AM CST
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We will have results of all the races across East Texas. (Source: KLTV Staff)
We will have results of all the races across East Texas. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The race for Smith County Sheriff is just one of the races we are following. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The race for Smith County Sheriff is just one of the races we are following. (Source: KLTV Staff)

(KLTV) - There are a number of East Texas races on the ballot Tuesday, but there are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to head to the polls.

This will be the first time Smith County voters will be able to head to any of the 34 polling locations in the county for the primary election, rather than voting in their own precinct. The policy was in place for the 2015 Constitutional Amendment election.

That means if you live in Whitehouse, for example, but work in downtown Tyler, you don't have to vote at one of the polling locations in Whitehouse, you can come to one of the downtown Tyler locations closer to where you work.

Read More: Voting 101: How to register, where to vote, and who's on the ballot 

That policy has been in place in Rusk County since the 2014 election and representatives from the county election office said voters have enjoyed the change. In Smith County, the election office hopes voters will be just as pleased with the change and that the convenience will bring more people to the polls. But Smith County Republican Party Chairman Tim McCormick said early voting numbers already show an increase in republican voters heading to the polls.

"There's a high level of engagement in the presidential race this year there just hasn't been that," McCormick said.

There's been a decline in democratic voters since early voting began but smith county democratic chair Shirley Falzone said that will change the closer we get to the November election.

"People get more interested after Labor Day," Falzone said.

Read More: Early voting stats shows turnout up for republicans, decreasing for democrats

But she still encourages people to get out and vote tomorrow. When you do go to the polls, you can choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic Party. Whichever party you vote in during the primaries will be the only party you can vote in if there are any run-off elections in May. You must have a photo id with you to vote.

There are a number of local races on ballots across East Texas including the Sheriff's race in Smith County. It's been a heated race between the two republican candidates Chris Green and incumbent Larry Smith. This is the second match up between the two candidates. Smith defeated Green back in 2012.

"We're not satisfied with where we are we've got more work to be done and I just ask them to allow me to be able to do it," Smith said.

"It's time to give somebody else a chance and hopefully the voters will allow me to have that opportunity and I promise you if they do they'll be proud of what we put together," Green explained.

That's just one of the many races we are following for Super Tuesday, and we'll have the results of all the races on ballots across East Texas. Polls open at 7 a.m.

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