Early voting

Election Day is Tuesday.

Early voting came to a close Friday as Election Day approaches for several city and school district elections and seven statewide ballot measures.

Just 1,169 people cast a ballot during the two weeks of early voting, less than 1 percent of registered voters in the county.

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 has said. There are 119,550 active registered voters in the county.

Registered voters in McLennan County will have 33 vote centers to choose from Tuesday, one more polling place than the last election.

The county in 2014 moved from 59 precinct-based polling locations to 40 vote centers. Under the precinct-based system, residents could only cast their ballot at their precinct’s designated location. The vote center program allows residents to vote at any of the polling places across the county. Changes in state law resulted in the number of vote centers being scaled back.

Voters on Tuesday will see their city or school elections on the ballot before the seven statewide referendums.

Mart Independent School District residents can cast a ballot on a proposed $9.2 million bond, while Connally ISD residents will decide on a tax-rate increase that will also bring in more state money. West and Riesel ISDs will have school board elections, and the cities of Robinson, Bruceville-Eddy, Moody and West will have elections for city council members.

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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