Early voting in person for the May 1 school board and city council election in Sunray gets underway Monday, April 19 at 8:00 am. Those wishing to cast votes for city council candidates or for the single proposition on the ballot must vote at Sunray City Hall at 415 Main Street from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Those wishing to cast early ballots for candidates for the Sunray Independent School District Board of Trustees must vote in the office of the Moore County Clerk on the first floor of the Moore County Court House at 715 South Dumas Avenue in Dumas. Hours to vote in the Moore County Clerk's office are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday. The last day to vote early is Tuesday, April 27.
The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot has passed. Mail-in ballots for the city race must be mailed to Sunray City Hall while mail-in ballots for the school race must be sent to the office of the Moore County Clerk. Mail-in ballots must reach their respective destinations by election day. According to Moore County Clerk Brenda McKanna, only two people have applied for ballots by mail.
Election day is Saturday, May 1. Voting in both the city and school races will take place in the Sunray City Hall from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. McKanna said measures that have been implemented over the past year to stop the spread of COVID at election sites will be maintained during the May 1 voting and all in-person early voting. Masks are encouraged but not required.
There are four candidates competing for three open seats in the election for the Sunray Independent School District Board of Trustees: Curtis Neeley, Jonathan Hataway, Shelby Taylor, and Brian Lee. Sunray uses an at-large voting system. Voters have the option of casting from zero to three votes. The three candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to terms on the board.
In the election for the Sunray City Council, incumbents James Walker, Mark Wisdom, and Michael Hill are facing-off against challengers Freddy Ruiz and David Manning to fill three seats. The three candidates receiving the most votes will take office.
Also on the city ballot is a single proposition. Proposition 1 renews for another four years the .25 percent sales tax that raises money specifically for street maintenance and repair. Voters who vote for the proposition are choosing to continue the tax.