GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) — Early voting is underway in the Texas primary elections.  Grayson County Elections appointed official Tamie Hayes said more than 700 people had cast ballots since 2 p.m. Monday.

"I think we need change here," said Denison voter Lynda Knope. "Very much so." 

The polls opened up for the first day of early voting, and hundreds of people got out there to cast their vote. 

Some people made sure they put in the time and effort to know exactly who they are voting for. 

"I think we really paid attention, and when we were watching the debates listening to everything, everybody had to say because it's important to us now," Knope said. 

A constant theme among voters: every vote counts. 

"Because you're a citizen of course, it's your right, your duty, too," said Sherman voter Tom Peters. 

While some were anxious to get their voice heard, others were just hoping to avoid long lines. 

"To beat the crowds, and also I think we need change here, very much so," said Ron Knope. 

Voters will be choosing who will represent their party for congressional and legislative district offices, judicial seats, and the state board of education. 

"Right now we're going through some bad times," Sherman voter Carol Carter. "If we don't stand up, we're going to lose our country."

"We are using two check-in stations per site to expedite the check-in process," Hayes said.  "The Republican ballot is very long, so it is taking a while for voters who chose that one to vote. That's the main holdup."

Texomans are eager to have their thoughts and opinions heard. 

"The way our country's going, we need to turn it around, in my opinion," said Richard Carter. 

"I think this has some urgency to it, unlike the other elections," Knope added.

Early voting locations in Grayson County: 

  • Grayson County Sub Courthouse - Denison
  • Pottsboro Board Administration - Pottsboro
  • Election Administration - Sherman 
  • Grayson College South Campus - Van Alstyne
  • Whitesboro City Hall - Whitesboro