Early voting began at 8 a.m. Friday with 95 voters hitting the polls, according to the Bryan County Election Board.
Judy Polson, in person absentee voting worker, said that there have been more people voting early this year than usual.
Polson along with Billie Robinson, Silo Voting Precinct, recorded 152 early votes in Friday and Saturday’s early election. “People seem very excited to participate this year, they want to make a difference” said Robinson.
Early voting for the statewide primary election and special election will take place again on Monday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Bryan County Election Board Office, 217 N. 16th Ave.
Regular voting begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday and continues until 7 p.m.
Polson reminds early voters they will be directed to fill out some registration information before they vote and swear not to vote on Tuesday.
Polson has been with the Bryan County Election Board for more than 10 years. “I can remember when we had to hand count ballots, it has improved since then” said Polson.
Billie Robinson has worked with the Election Board for more than eight years in the Silo Precinct. “On election day it is amazing to see all the different ages of people showing up to vote” said Robinson.
Both Polson and Robinson encourage voters to get out early if possible and make some changes or have their voices heard.
Six Democrats and one Republican have filed for Bryan County District No. 3 commissioner, an office currently held by Ivan Kelly, who is not seeking reelection.
Democrats seeking the office are: Matt Davis, Durant; Randy Holland, Bokchito; Jay Perry, Bennington; Bobby Hampton, Bennington, Reggie D. Green, Caddo, and Clay Andrews, Bennington.
The winner will face Robert Brewer, a Republican from Kenefic, in the November general election.
Incumbent Bryan County Commissioner for District No. 1, Monty Montgomery, a Democrat, is facing four Democratic challengers. These are: James H. Moss, Calera; Rickie Lee Reese, Colbert, Charles E. Downs, Durant, and Lonnie Dills, Durant.
Four Democrats and two Republicans have filed for State Representative for District 21, a seat currently held by John Carey, who is not seeking reelection.
Democrats filing for this office are: Chris Pierce, Durant; Jerry Tomlinson, Durant; Oden Grube, Durant, and Nathan W. Williams, Calera.
Republicans seeking the office are Jack Accountius and Dustin Roberts, both of Durant.