Wichita County has received the blessing from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office for countywide polling places, but voters won’t be casting a ballot at such voting centers in the March 6 Primary.

The county’s voting center program garnered a “successful” certification, so in future elections, the county can use the system that allows county residents to vote at any polling place, county officials said at Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting.

“I was excited to get a successful status,” Wichita County Clerk Lori Bohannon said.

But Republican opposition to voting centers means they won’t be available in the March primaries. Democrats supported countywide polling places, but both parties have to agree to use them in primaries. Instead, voters will need to go to precinct locations on Election Day.

The same six early voting locations will be available as usual.

Bohannon said voting centers can be used in November, though.

Democrats have threatened to take legal action over voting centers in the primaries.

In other business, Justice of the Peace Janice Ralston Sons and Wichita County Judge Gossom presented a certificate of appreciation to Jeff Milam, her court clerk, for 15 years of service to Wichita County.

“I am very, very fortunate to have Jeff Milam as my employee,” Sons, JP for Precinct 1, Place 1, said.

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