County judge urges residents to vote

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

April 30, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2012 at 11:30 p.m.

Early voting opened Monday for the city, college and water district races.

Victoria County Elections Administrator George Matthews updated county commissioners during the public comment section of Monday's meeting: there is some fluster at the polls.

"We've already had some people confused," Matthews said.

Voters on Monday morning were looking for the primary candidates, he said. However, that race will not be on the ballot until May 14 for early voting, and again on election day, May 29.

County Judge Don Pozzi said, "It's easy to get confused when the dates are usually in March and November."

Two commissioners are on the ballot Precinct 1 Commissioner Kenny Spann and Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Burns.

Spann is facing off against five others for the Democratic Party nomination. One candidate is running for the Republican nomination.

Burns is facing one candidate for the Republican nomination. The Democratic Party primary has one candidate.

Monday was the last day to register to vote in the May 29 primary.

A run-off election, as required by the federal court in San Antonio, will occur July 31 regardless of the primary results.

Run-offs typically occur if a candidate does not win at least 50 percent of the votes.

Matthews said the cost to the city and political parties will essentially be "a whole 'nother election."

He estimated that primary elections cost about $30,000 to $35,000 per party, while the run-off usually hits about $10,000 to $12,000.

Matthews said the cost to the county is about $3,000 for the two-week long primary election and less than $1,000 for the week-long run-off election.

According to the secretary of state website, there is no specific requirement to have previously voted in the main election to vote in the run-off.

"You will have plenty of opportunities to vote for just about anything and everything," Pozzi joked. "We encourage citizens, as always, to exercise their most valuable right to vote."



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