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Grayson County braces for Election Day crowds

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Grayson County officials expect a heavy turnout on Election Day 2018. (File/KTEN) Grayson County officials expect a heavy turnout on Election Day 2018. (File/KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Have you voted yet? If not, Tuesday is your last chance.

Grayson County has already seen huge early voting turnout, and they aren't expecting that to slow down on Election Day. Early voting numbers for this midterm election are very similar to the 2016 presidential election.

"We're prepared to be extremely busy all day, and we'll see what happens," said Grayson County Elections administrator Deana Patterson.

Top statewide races include Democratic challenges to incumbent Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott.

Sherman residents will vote on City Council members; in Whitesboro, there's a measure to permit alcohol sales.

Some 27,000 people voted in person during early voting in Grayson County. That almost measures up to the 31,000 who voted early for the 2016 presidential election.

"The whole state has seen a higher than normal turnout for a midterm election, and so it's certainly reflected here in Grayson County," Patterson said.

But even though a lot of citizens have already cast their ballots, polling places are expected to be buzzing on Tuesday in a county with 80,000 registered voters.

"The whole day is really pretty busy, especially with the polls that were open during early voting, they're usually extremely busy all day," Patterson said.

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Officials say you should expect to wait at least five to 10 minutes.

Voters also need to bring an approved form of identification.

"If they don't have a photo I.D., there are some procedures in place to accept other types of documentation," Patterson said. "We usually just work that on a case-by-case basis at the polling site."

Twenty-three Grayson County voting sites will be open on Tuesday.

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