VIDEO: Early voting turnout statewide around 3 percent

Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:21 - Written by

(MCT) -- Early voting is a week old and Henderson County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez said the turnout represents only a small percentage of those registered.

Hernandez said after a special day of early balloting on Saturday, the total cast is about 1,800, a 3.7 percent turnout. Hernandez did not have the numbers broken down by party, but on the first day of early voting on February 18, the unofficial count was 355 Republican and 50 Democratic.

Hernandez said the early voting figures could likely double by the time the early voting deadline hits on Friday.

“Friday we’ll be open for 12 hours,” Hernandez said. “We won’t close until 7 p.m.”

Hernandez said, along with the walk-up voters at the three polling places, her office is also dealing with mail-in ballots. There are about 1,000 of those.

Statewide 8,674,585 registered voters had cast a total of 201,322 votes in person and 54,739 by mail. The share of registered voters casting ballots is 2.95 percent.

In the last non-presidential election year, 2010, Henderson County had 48,999 registered voters for the general election.

This year, the Texas Secretary of State’s office reports Henderson County with 48,018 registered voters, but the number could increase by the general election.

Early voting closes at the end of the business day on Friday at the Henderson County Elections Center in Athens, Chandler Community Center and Seven Points City Hall. The Henderson County Elections Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Chandler Community Center is open for voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seven Points opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.