For the past two weeks, early voters have turned out in droves to cast their ballots in the general election that will decide the next president. As of the end of early voting Friday night, 228,852 voters— 51.1 percent of Denton County’s 469,034 registered voters had either voted early or cast a mail-in ballot in the election. Of those voters, 25,360 had Lewisville addresses.
While voting has been brisk, and record numbers of people have turned out, Denton County has put in similar percentages in prior years.
Many remember 2008, a year where Denton County voters had 52.8 percent turnout for early voting, for an overall 70.9 percent turnout. In 2008, John McCain won Denton County with 60.7 percent of the vote to Barack Obama’s 38.7 percent.
In 2012, there were 170,241 early and mail-in ballots cast in the presidential race in Denton County, amounting to 43.5 percent turnout just in early voting. That election had 62.7 percent overall turnout. Mitt Romney won Denton County with 64.9 percent of the vote to Obama’s 34.5 percent.
If it seems like lines were longer this year than in 2012, it could have something to do with the additional 78,010 voters added to the rolls since then. That number amounts to about 20 percent growth.
Those who have not yet voted can cast their ballots on Tuesday, in their assigned precinct polling location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Unlike early voting, where voters choose their polling location, election day voting requires voters to know their precinct and show up at the correct location to vote. Voter precinct numbers are displayed on the voter registration card mailed to each registered voter every two years. They can also be found online by using the voter lookup provided by the county election office. Denton County voters can find this information at votedenton.com, and Dallas County voters can find it at dallascountyvotes.org.
Election day voters are advised that precincts and their voting locations do periodically change and vary from election to election. Your precinct voting location may be located in another city. Just because a voter has voted in a particular location for past elections does not guarantee the precinct’s assigned voting location will be the same for this year. Voters are advised to look up their precinct before driving to the polls and allow extra time for parking.
Although the polls close at 7 p.m., state law requires that people who are in line by 7 p.m. be allowed to vote. Voters in Denton County will have the opportunity to vote electronically or on paper ballots if they choose.
Voters in the election must already be registered, and generally need to have some form of state-approved photo identification in order to vote. Those without approved identification may be able to vote after completing a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and providing approved forms of supporting ID. For more information about required ID, visit votetexas.gov.
Voting locations for Lewisville and Castle Hills precincts
|Polling Location||Lewisville Precincts|
|Castle Hills Community Center
2501 Queen Margaret Drive
|Valley Ridge Elementary School
1604 Garden Ridge Blvd
|Killough Lewisville High School
1301 N. Summit Ave.
|Garden Ridge Church of Christ
102 N. Garden Ridge Blvd
|Lewisville Municipal Annex
1197 W. Main St.
|Hedrick Middle School
1526 Bellaire Blvd
|First Presbyterian Church
1002 Fox Ave.
|Garden Ridge Elementary School
2220 S. Garden Ridge Rd.
|Memorial Park Recreation Center
1950 B S. Valley Parkway
901 Valley View Dr.
|Lewisville ISD Learning Center
1601 S. Edmonds Ln
|Central Elementary School
400 High School Dr.
|Rockbrook Elementary School
2751 Rockbrook Dr.
|3019, 3022, 3023|
|Lewisville City Hall
151 W. Church St.
|Cottonwood Creek Elem School
615 Minyard Dr
|Dallas County 2910|
|Coppell Town Center
255 E Parkway Blvd
|Dallas County 2911|
For precincts not listed above, visit the Denton or Dallas County elections office websites listed above.
Candidates on the ballot
Residents will vote on U.S. House of Representative seats. The majority of Lewisville residents will vote in Texas congressional district 26, where incumbent Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R) is running against Eric Mauck (D) and Mark Boler (LB). Residents of the eastern part of Lewisville will vote in district 24 where Incumbent Kenny E. Marchant (R) is running against Kevin McCormick (GR), Mike Kolls (LB) and Jan McDowell (D)
One of the three Texas railroad commissioner seats is on the ballot as well. Mark Miller (LB) is running against Grady Yarbrough (D), Martina Salinas (GR) and Wayne Christian (R). Previous Railroad Commissioner David J. Porter chose not to run for re-election.
Residents of the eastern half of the City will vote for either incumbent Ron Simmons (R) or Alex Mendoza (D) for Texas state representative in district 65. The western half of the city will also vote for state Representative, where incumbent Tan Parker (R) is running unopposed for his district 63 seat.
There are a few unopposed elections in the county, but the majority will feature at least two candidates. Multiple judge and justice seats are on the ballot as well. For a full ballot list click here.
Thomas Cook Contributed to this report.
(Note: This story differs from the print version which had early voting and registered voter totals as of the day before early voting ended.)