Over 2,000 vote early

County Judge candidate Pete Garcia (left) and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace candidate Norma Keeton greet early voters in front of the CRRC on Monday. Photo by Jake Ladd.

by Kevin Force, Editor

Early voting is waning, but the candidates know they still have about a week to make their final pitch.

County Judge candidate Pete Garcia and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace hopeful Norma Keeton are two Canyon Lake candidates who know that well, and were making those last minute efforts to sway voters in front of the CRRC, where early voting was being conducted on Monday.

For some of the county's voters, it's too late to sway minds. More than 2,000 people had already cast their vote by Tuesday morning, Comal County Election coordinator Linell Hinojosa said.

Hinojosa said that 1,986 voters had turned out in the Republican primary and 107 in the Democratic.

"Two years ago, we had 3,000 Republicans total who voted early," Hinojosa said. "We still have four days and Bulverde to go yet, so we could surpass that."

Hinojosa projected that voter turnout could be as high as 15 percent of the county's 66,000 registered voters. She estimated the last primary election's turnout at 10 percent.

Early voting continues at the county courthouse through Friday at 4:30 p.m. There is also one last satellite voting station at the Bulverde Community Center until 7 p.m. today.

For those who do not opt to vote early, all precincts will have voting stations open on Election Day, Tuesday, March 7. For more information about voting precincts and locations, see page 5.

Also, the next issue of the Times Guardian will be distributed on Thursday, March 9, in order to allow us to provide complete election coverage.

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