With the first day of early voting in the 2016 Presidential election behind us, more than 5,000 Smith County residents turned out yesterday to cast their ballot early.  Registered voters may vote early through 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4th after that they will have to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.

Voter registrar offices have reported a record number of people registering to vote in this years' election. In Smith County there are more than 135,000 registered to vote and nearly 70,000 in Gregg County, both of those numbers are up from the 2012 Presidential election.

The nice thing about casting your vote early in Smith or Gregg County, as long as you're a registered voter you can vote at any of the following polling locations:

  • SMITH COUNTY
    R.B. Hubbard Building @ 304 E. Ferguson St. - Tyler
    Noonday Community Center @ 16662 CR 196 - Tyler
    Heritage Building @ 1900 Bellwood Rd. - Tyler
    Whitehouse Municipal Court @ 311 E. Main St. - Whitehouse
    Lillie Russell Memorial Library @ 200 E. Hubbared St. - Lindale
  • GREGG COUNTY
    Gregg County Courthouse @ 101 E. Methvin - Longview
    Judson Community Center @ 1129 FM 1844 - Longview
    Greggton Community Center @ 3211 W. Marshall Ave. - Longview
    Broughton Recreation Center @ 801 S. MLK Blvd. - Longview
    Spring Hill Jr. Hight @ 3101 Spring Hill Rd. - Longview
    Pine Tree Community Center @ 1701 Pine Tree Rd. - Longview
    Eldervill Community Center @ 10450 Hwy. 349 - Longview
    Old Sabine ISD Elementary @ 5219 Old Hwy. 35 N. - Liberty City
    Kilgore Community Center @ 5622 Kay St. - Kilgore
    Gladewater City Hall @ 519 E. Broadway - Gladewater
    White Oak Community Center on Center St. - White Oak

Remember Texas Voter ID Laws are in effect when you go to cast you ballot, so you'll want to make sure you have one of the seven approved documents with you when you vote.  The approved documents are:

  • Texas drivers license
  • Texas Election ID certificate
  • Texas personal ID card
  • license to carry handgun (issued by DPS)
  • U.S. Military ID
  • U.S. Citizenship certificate
  • U.S. Passport

Election officials encourage registered voters to cast their ballot early through early voting to save time and long lines on Tuesday, November 8th. For details and more specific information a polling location near you or in your county, visit VoteTexas.gov.