Early voting kicks off Monday, Oct. 23 for eight McLennan County city and school races, and seven statewide referendums on constitutional amendments.

Mart Independent School District residents can cast a ballot on a proposed $9.2 million bond, while Connally ISD voters will decide on a tax-rate increase that will also bring in more state money. West and Riesel ISDs will have school board elections.

The cities of Robinson, Bruceville-Eddy, Moody and West will have elections for city council members.

McLennan County residents can vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. Voting hours will be extended to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3. All vote centers are open to all voters in the county.

Election Day is Nov. 7.

Anyone needing a ballot by mail must submit an application by the close of business Oct. 27 at the McLennan County Elections Office.

Every McLennan County resident can vote on the seven constitutional amendments also on the ballot. State legislators approved seven joint resolutions during the last legislative session to put before voters.

There are 132,823 McLennan County residents registered to vote, which includes people who may have moved but not updated their address, McLennan County elections administrator Kathy Van Wolfe said. There are 119,550 active registered voters in the county, Van Wolfe said.

During the November 2015 joint general election, the most recent election featuring a comparable slate of races, about 2.7 percent, or 3,400, of the county’s 126,148 registered voters cast an early ballot. Early turnout for the November 2013 constitutional election stood at about 2.3 percent.

Despite seven constitutional amendments on the ballot, the elections office predicts a small turnout to the polls next week, Van Wolfe said.

“We do have some cities and schools that have issues on the ballot so that may drive a few more people in,” she said.

There are no county elections on the ballot, only elections the county has been hired to administer, Van Wolfe said. For residents of cities or school districts holding elections, those items will be first on the ballot, followed by the statewide constitutional referendums, she said.

Sample ballots and more election information are available at www.co.mclennan.tx.us/337/Elections.

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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