Early election begins, high turnout expected
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
Voters came and went Monday as early voting kicks off. Lines were out the door before polling opened, and poll workers expect high turnouts this election. Some early voters say they already made up their minds, and some say they vote early to avoid longer lines in Nov.
With 127,489 voters registered in McLennan County, early voter turnouts are expected to be higher than usual. "We do expect there to be a big turnout," says County Elections Administrator, Kathy Van Wolfe. "Not only because we have our federal race as well as our governor race and some state races, but we have a lot of local races that are contested, too. So, those people are getting out their vote as well."
Poll workers expect nearly 60,000 voters to turn up for the election with close to half of those voting in the next two weeks. That's 40 percent of registered voters, just 10 percent less voters than the 2008 presidential election.
McLennan County has already received 2,351 mailed ballots, and they continue to get more.
Early voting ends Oct 29. Poll places are open from 8a.m. to 5p.m. this week and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. next week.
For information on polling locations, click here.