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Voters across East Texas on Tuesday were tasked with selecting school board trustees at five area school districts. The unofficial preliminary results came in early Wednesday from the Harrison County Elections Office.

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WASKOM — Incumbent Tommy Lee Philpot and candidate David M. Dulude were two of three candidates elected to the alderman at-large positions for the city of Waskom election, Tuesday night.

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Republican Brandon “BJ” Fletcher prevailed in the hotly contested Harrison County sheriff’s race against Democratic candidate George Gill, leading by an overwhelming margin.

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JEFFERSON — Jefferson resident Rob Baker took a clear lead over his two competitors on Tuesday to win the Jefferson mayoral race by a wide margin, according to preliminary election results from the Marion County Elections Office.

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JEFFERSON — In Marion County’s three contested races, all Republican candidates won their respective races, on Tuesday, for the offices of sheriff, Precinct 3 commissioner, and Precinct 2 constable.

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Though many counties throughout Texas began receiving early voting results around 7 p.m., Harrison County Elections Administrator Donald Robinette released a statement around 7:45 p.m. regarding the county's results.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 General Election ended this past Friday, with 51 percent of registered voters in Harrison County casting ballots during the period.

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In preparation for Election Day, the Harrison County Elections Office will conduct a second public logic and accuracy test of tallying equipment on Sunday at the elections office.

BEAUMONT — U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox recently announced that Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) have been appointed to lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 3 general election.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 presidential, state, county and local elections for Harrison County will kick off today through Oct. 30, with a weekend option at the main elections office. Weekend opening for the elections office will be Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. …

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, has won re-election to the 1st Congressional District each time since November 2004 and says he has strong feelings this election about the direction the country is headed.

For those wanting to vote in the Nov. 3 Election, for local, county, state and national seats, the deadline to register is Monday.

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Editor’s note: The second portion of the charter amendments accidentally ran first in the Sept. 29 edition of The Marshall News Messenger. Edits have been made to this story to correct the letters associated with the charter propositions. This is the first in a four part series.

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AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge Friday blocked Texas from eliminating straight-ticket voting, a decision that would allow for choosing one party’s entire slate of candidates in the November election that is now less than six weeks away.

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Local candidates in the Harrison County sheriff’s race for the Nov. 3 General Election have announced their choice of chief deputy, if elected.

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Nearly 50 registered to vote, on Saturday, as the Marshall NAACP Branch No. 6185 held a drive-thru registration and Family Fun Day to gear up for the Nov. 3 Election.