Early voting under way

by Kevin Force, Editor

Voters wishing to avoid the lines and delays of the voting process on election day can vote early.

Early voting in the 2006 Primary election began Tuesday in Room 104 at the Comal County Courthouse and will continue weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until March 3. Election Day is Tuesday, March 7.

Along with early voting at the County Courthouse, several other locations around the county will offer temporary early voting branches:

n Thursday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garden Ridge Community Center.

n Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Comal County Couthourse.

n Monday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) Thrift Store.

n Wednesday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bulverde Community Center.

Election officials are requiring voters to bring identification and encourage them to bring along the voter registration card mailed to them last month to ease the process.

For those voters that have difficulty making it to any of the above locations, they can apply to vote by mail. Applications must be mailed to the County Clerk's Office and will be accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Voters also must choose between voting in the Republican or Democratic primary and can make such a choice in each election. Such a decision is key in this year's election, where most of the candidates are on the Republican side.

Many of those candidates have no Democratic challengers, meaning that a victory in the primary likely wins the seat outright.

As the election deadline nears, campaigning is as frivolous as ever. The Canyon Lake Republican Women conducted the biggest candidate speaking forum yet with roughly 500 people packed into the GVTC Auditorium on Feb. 15, offering candidates one final crack at attracting some unsure voters.

Candidates in many of the more heated races also participated in a series of on-air debates on KGNB radio throughout last week.

And, of course, political advertising has picked up. Television, radio, newspapers, signs, billboards, snail mail and email propaganda continues to flood the county.

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