Early Voting closes for Victoria election

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 8, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.

Early voting in the Victoria election closed Tuesday evening.

Elections Administrator George Matthews said voter turnout, including mail-in ballots, exceeded 2,600.

More than 250 voters took advantage of their last opportunity to skip Election Day lines.

Carolyne Garza, of Victoria, made a trip to the elections office, 111 N. Glass, just before 2 p.m.

"I always try to vote early to cut down on waiting," Garza said. "I think this one will be competitive, so it's worth coming early."

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday for the City Council, charter amendment, college bond issue and water district elections.

Geri and Robert Horne, of Victoria, cast their ballots early Tuesday.

"We might be out of town Saturday," she said. "We wanted to take care of it early."

Her husband said voting took about five seconds, with most of the time spent reading the city's 17 proposed charter amendments.

Others, such as Stacy Gasch, of Inez, voted early to avoid cumbersome trips to their assigned precinct's voting location.

Robert Harris, of Victoria, had a simple reason for skipping Saturday's election.

"I hate to stand in line," he said.

There are some special boundary considerations for voters in several precincts. For the May 12 election, school district boundaries are important.

These polling locations are not new for the May election, according to a news release from the elections office. They have been the locations for many years and are based upon school district boundaries rather than only county election precinct boundaries.

Voters in precincts 15 and 16 who live in Victoria Independent School District will vote at Aloe Elementary School, 62 Chaparral Drive. Those who live in Refugio Independent School District will vote at their regular polling place.

Voters in precinct 23 and 24, living in Victoria school district will vote at Vickers Elementary School, 708 Glascow St. Those who live in Nursery school district will vote at the Precinct 2 Service Center, 13323 Nursery Drive.

Voters in Precinct 27, who live in Victoria ISD will vote in one of two place: If the residence is north of U.S. Highway 59, vote at Precinct 4 Portable Building on J-2 Ranch Road. If the home is south of U.S. 59, vote at William Wood Elementary School, 183 Wood Hi School Road.

Voters in Victoria ISD living in Precinct 12 vote at William Wood Elementary School.

Voters in Bloomington Independent School District and in Precinct 14 vote at Guadalupe School with the voters from Victoria ISD.

Voters in Meyersville ISD and in Precinct 22 vote at Mission Valley Volunteer Fire Department with the Victoria ISD voters.



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