Early voting

Early voting ended Friday. Election Day is Tuesday.

McLennan County’s early voting turnout for Tuesday’s primaries hit almost 8.1 percent, up from 4.8 percent for the last midterm election in 2014.

A total of 10,833 people voted early, including 7,778 in the Republican primaries and 3,054 in the Democratic primaries. There are 134,133 registered voters in McLennan County.

McLennan County residents voting either of the parties’ primaries may have contested races for U.S. Senate and several statewide and local offices. The Democratic primary also features a contested race for U.S. House District 17, and the Republican primary also features a hotly contested race for McLennan County district attorney. Like the 2014 election, this year’s ballots also include a race for governor.

Though early turnout this year was significantly higher than the last midterm primaries, it lagged behind early turnout for the 2016 presidential primaries, which was about 11.5 percent.

The county will operate 33 vote centers on Election Day open to all county residents, regardless of the precinct in which they live.

County Elections Administrator Kathy Van Wolfe said there has been a steady flow of residents casting ballots during early voting. The most recent past comparable election was in March 2014, when the governor’s race was on the ballot, she said.

Sample ballots for Tuesday are available at co.mclennan.tx.us/337/Elections.

“Just remember to bring your ID when you come to vote,” Van Wolfe said.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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