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October 28th, 2010
Hays County voters set off-year early voting mark

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The lines were long Wednesday at the LBJ Student Center at Texas State, which had its first day of early voting. Photo by Andy Sevilla.

By ANDY SEVILLA
Associate Editor

With three days of early voting remaining, Hays County voters had already surpassed their turnout in early voting from 2006, when they set their previous off-year November election record.

Through Tuesday, 13,206 county citizens had cast their ballots. The previous off-year record was 12,344 in 2006, the last time a Texas gubernatorial race (but not a U.S presidential race) was contested. The early voting total in Hays County is especially noteworthy because a Texas seat in the U.S. Senate is up for grabs two Novembers out of every three, and this is not one of them.

The Hays County Elections Office said there are 98,210 registered voters in Hays County, though there are many suspense voters who are registered and whose residential status remains to be determined. Typically, about half of the votes in a November election are cast during the early voting period.

Early voting runs through Friday. Election Day is Nov. 2.

The Hays County Elections Office and the San Marcos Public Library will be available for early voting every day through Friday, and other locations within the county will be opened on different days. For polling locations and voting hours, go to http://www.elections.co.hays.tx.us.

Through Tuesday, the elections office produced 2,013 votes, while the San Marcos library brought about 2,342 voters.

As of Tuesday, the Kyle City Hall, the Dripping Springs ISD Administration Office, and the Wimberley Community Center each were open three days and produced 1,752, 2,590, and 1,587, ballots, respectively.

The Buda City Hall brought about 1,254 voters as of Tuesday during both days it was open for early voting.

As of Tuesday, Woodcreek City Hall, Belterra Clubhouse, and Seton Hays Hospital each were open once for early voting and produced, 344, 848, and 476 votes, respectively.

The early voting totals do not include ballots cast at Texas State, which had its first early voting day on Wednesday and will have early voting again on Thursday.

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