Victoria residents begin polling in early voting
May 14, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.
Updated May 15, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.
On the heels of the local election, Victorians returned to the polls Monday to vote in the long-anticipated primary races.
Months after primary results would normally have been calculated, voters are finally heading to the polls to choose presidential, congressional and county nominees in the Republican and Democratic party primaries.
Early voting in the May 29 primaries opened Monday and runs through May 25.
On the first day of early voting, 223 people turned out, according to a news release from the elections office.
The Democratic Primary saw 71 votes in Victoria and the Republican Primary saw 152, according to the release.
County Judge Don Pozzi encouraged residents to get out to vote for this election.
He anticipates a larger turnout this year because of the federal races.
"There's no excuse not to, you have two weeks, it's that simple," he said.
Joe Garza, a U.S. Army soldier from Victoria, voted early to avoid the Election Day crowd.
Garza said he has "always had an appreciation for voting."
This is Garza's first election since returning to Texas.
"For me, the most important races are the national ones," he said.
While some, like Eric Leonard, of Victoria, came to pick up candidate information before voting, others knew exactly which boxes they would check.
Jackie Gloor, of Victoria, arrived at the elections office, 111 N. Glass St., on a mission to vote for Ron Paul.
"I'm very excited to get to cast a vote for Congressman Paul," Gloor, a district case director at Paul's office, said. "I think he'd make a great president."
David Edwards, of Victoria, said he votes early in case he is unavailable on Election Day.
"I think local races are the most important," he said. "But the presidential race is also important."
He said he hopes Mitt Romney wins the Republican Party presidential nomination.
As a regular voter, he said he understands the importance of hitting the polls.
"It affects our lives negatively or positively," he said. "Lately it's been negatively on the national side."
Melissa Spann, of Victoria, was eager to cast her ballot for her husband, Kenny Spann, in the Democratic Party's Precinct 1 Victoria County Commissioner race.
"The local races are very important," she said. "It's to benefit Victoria County and the residents of Precinct 1."
She said she thinks the country is heading in the right direction, but there needs to be more emphasis on education and special needs in the classroom.
"I think people really need to take a look at who they're voting for, get to know them, and ask around," she said. "Do some research and see who is there for you."