Early voting for the March 6 primary elections gets underway today and lasts until March 2.

The campaigns enter the home stretch, there already are sparks flying in the Republican primary for county judge. Earlier this month, both candidates — incumbent Mark Henry and challenger Lonnie Cox — leveled a series of dirty-tricks allegations at each other.

Those allegations, in turn, have sparked comments on The Daily News website, and letters to the editor backing either candidate have already been published.

There are other local races, in addition to the statewide offices, that are generating attention.

In the race for Galveston County Commissioner Precinct 2, Joe Giusti and Kevin O’Brien face off for the third time.

In 2010, O’Brien defeated Giusti by 30 votes in the Republican primary for Galveston County Commissioner Precinct 2. He would go on to defeat Democrat Bryan Lamb in the general election.

In 2014, Giusti won the seat, defeating O’Brien by 110 votes in the primary race.

At this point, a reminder about the The Daily News election policies.

The Daily News has a long-standing policy against publishing letters and guest columns backing candidates on Election Day. In every election, just as voters go to the polls we get last-minute allegations of fact we can’t verify. Turning the editorial pages over to those kinds of allegations just doesn’t do much for the debate. It’s not fair to the candidates — or the voters — to raise those kinds of issues on the last day. Bottom line we just don’t do that.

The deadline for submitting letters and columns is 10 a.m. March 2. But please submit your letter early. If we have a last-minute rush we’ll be able to publish only a selection of letters, and letters will have priority over the longer columns.

We have limited space and want to avoid 500-word guest columns that simply endorse candidates. We can accept letters of up to 200 words with endorsements. Again, we will publish only a limited number of columns and will give priority to those about issues raised in the race over those simply making an endorsement.

Submit letters of 200 words to letters@galvnews.com. Submissions must list a place of residence, not an address, but a city or recognized unincorporated part of the county, and include a telephone number so we can verify authorship; we don’t publish the phone numbers.

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