EAST TEXAS – Alcohol propositions are in the spotlight as East Texans who haven’t already voted head for the polls Tuesday. In Smith County, there are four propositions. Residents of the city of Tyler and Justice Precinct 2 will each decide on sales of mixed drinks in restaurants where it’s not already permitted, along with sales of beer and wine in local stores.
Early voting ended Friday in Tuesday’s general election. The early voting turnout set a record in Smith County. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson tells KETK 50,567 persons voted early. That surpassed the previous record of 49,373 set in 2008. In Gregg County, just over 46% of the registered voters voted early. Gregg County Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy tells KETK 31,602 have voted. That is below the early vote total for the 2008 election. Nealy says the lower vote total this year could be because there were no contested local races on the ballot. Polls open at 7:00 Tuesday morning and will remain open until 7:00 that night. You will hear complete election returns starting at 6:00 p.m. on KTBB.