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Several local offices at stake in July 31 elections
by Joe Baker
Jul 26, 2012 | 1379 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES COUNTY – Karnes County voters will decide two runoff elections, vote again in the Democratic primary race for precinct 3 county commissioner, and have the opportunity to vote in state and federal runoff elections on Election Day, Tuesday, July 31.

Early voting for these elections began Monday, July 23 and will continue through Friday July 27 at the Karnes County Offices of the Square in Karnes City. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Tuesday, July 24 and Friday, July 27 when voting hours are extended to 7 p.m.

Voting on Election Day, Tuesday, July 31, will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 15 different polling places across Karnes County.

Incumbent County Sheriff David Jalufka will face challenger Dwayne Villanueva in a runoff election made necessary by the fact that none of the Democratic primary candidates received a majority of the votes. Villanueva received 1,117 votes (44.9%) and Jalufka received 711 votes (28.62%) in the May 29 election. This election will determine who will be the Democratic candidate on the ballot for the November general election. The winner of the runoff will run unopposed in the November general election because no candidate filed to run as a Republican.

In the race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, David Sotelo will face Floyd Brasher in a runoff election to determine who will be the Democratic candidate on the ballot for the November general election. The winner of the runoff will run unopposed in the November general election because no candidate filed to run as a Republican. Sotelo received 241 votes (46.35%) and Brasher received 181 votes (34.81%) in the May 29 primary election.

As a result of a court order, the Democratic primary election for the position of county commissioner precinct 3, will be held again in conjunction with the runoff elections July 31. The lawsuit brought forward by challenger Mary Lozano ended with a judge’s decision to have the election again as a result of irregularities and errors in regard to voter registration. The vote count May 29 favored Rosales, 334-325, but after a recount, the results were recorded at 333 for Rosales and 325 for Lozano.

Voters can only vote at the voting location (voting precinct number) in which they live. The precinct number is listed on each voter’s registration card.

Voters who do not have their card can locate their voting precinct by going to www.sos.state.tx.us and clicking on “find my polling place.”

Voters who cast ballots in the Democratic primary election can only vote in Democratic runoff elections and voters who cast ballots in the Republican primary election can only vote in Republican runoff elections.

Any registered voter who did not vote in either of the primary elections can choose to vote in either of the Democratic or Republican runoff elections.

All registered voters in precinct 3 are eligible to vote in the election for county commissioner, except any voters who cast ballots in the May 29 Republican primary election.

Karnes County’s four precincts are subdivided into several smaller voting precincts.

Voters in Karnes County Precinct 1 will cast ballots in voting precincts 4, 9 or 11.

Voters in Karnes County Precinct 2 will cast ballots in voting precincts 2, 6, 7, 10, 12 or 13.

Voters in Karnes County Precinct 3 will cast ballots in voting precincts 1, 3, 8 or 15.

Voters in Karnes County Precinct 4 will cast ballots in voting precincts 5 or 14.

Below is a list of voting locations for each of the 15 voting precincts:

Precinct 1: St. Cornelius Catholic Church CCD Building. 605 E. Calvert, Karnes City.

Precinct 2: Panna Maria Hall. 13912 N. FM 81, Karnes City.

Precinct 3: Gillett Baptist Church. 119 County Road 280, Gillett.

Precinct 4: Kenedy City Hall. 303 W. Main, Kenedy.

Precinct 5: Runge VFW Hall. 512 E. Aransas, Runge.

Precinct 6: CCD Building. 300 FM 3191, Falls City. (Although Falls City mailing address, building actually in Cestohowa.)

Precinct 7: Falls City Diner. 207 E. Meyer St., Falls City.

Precinct 8: St. Helena Catholic Church. 8275 N. FM 81, Karnes City. (Although Karnes City mailing address, building actually in Helena.)

Precinct 9: Choate Cafeteria. 6300 Hwy. 239, Kenedy. (Although Kenedy mailing address, building actually in Choate.)

Precinct 10: Hobson Parish Hall. 358 County Road 220, Hobson.

Precinct 11: Lutheran Fellowship Hall. 590 West State Hwy. 72, Kenedy.

Precinct 12 & 13: City Hall. 314 E. Calvert, Karnes City.

Precinct 14: Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 1 Notre Dame Plaza, Kenedy.

Precinct 15: Mexican Baptist Church. 112 W. Dailey, Kenedy.
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